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City Crews Prepare for Snowstorm

Crews from the Department of Public Works have already begun pre-treating roads in St. Clair Shores before the winter storm hits the city.

Crews from St. Clair Shores Department of Public Works have already started to pre-treat roads in the city before a snowstorm hits and dumps up 7 inches on the community.

Public Works personnel have begun to pre-treat the roads in the city with an anti-icing brine mixture as trucks are prepared to salt and plow once the snow begins to fall.

"(The brine mixture) helps form a bond between the ice pack and concrete," said Bryan Babcock, department of public works director, of the mixture which minimizes snow bonding to the pavement. "We've been working all morning getting the trucks ready and lined up. Now it is just a waiting game."

Crews will then monitor the snowfall to determine when to begin salting and plowing the city's main roads including Jefferson, Little Mack and the mile roads. Harper is a county road, and the responsibility of Macomb County.

Side streets will be plowed if the mayor declares a snow emergency. Once the snow emergency is declared, residents have 12 hours to remove cars off the street.

Even if a snow emergency is not declared, Babcock recommends residents move their vehicles off the street and into driveways as the roads will be slick.

Babcock added that three trucks did head out and salt major roads on Christmas Eve to help make holiday travel easier.

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