MINOT, N.D. - The City of Minot Public Works is ready for the worst. The crews have been switching out their seasonal equipment and getting the winter machinery ready to go.
Sanders are filled with the five-to-one ratio of sand to salt, and the blades are getting their final attachment.
"We have been ready since Monday. We get more and more prepared every day. Our street crew are going like gang busters, now we are outfitting all of our blades with the snow gates. Where if that first snow would have come we wouldn't have had them. Now we will,” said Derek Hackett, City of Minot public information officer.
The sanders saw their first action of the season early this week. The plows will be sent out when there is three to four inches of accumulation
"Once it gets a little bit hard to navigate on the streets our blades go out. Our blades will go out to the 30 snow routes across the city. They will maintain that probably though the storm unless everything gets cleared,” said Hackett.
Hackett says once the emergency snow routes are cleared, the blades head to hills and school zones then to downtown and the residential areas. He wants to remind people on the road to give both the plows and sanders room to safely do their job.