Broken Arrow changing clean up process due to cold

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Reported by: Farron Salley
Updated: 12/06/2013 5:01 pm Published: 12/06/2013 3:43 pm

Cold temperatures are changing clean-up methods in Broken Arrow.

FOX23’s Farron Salley discovered city officials were using other methods since the cold temps made the salt ineffectual.

But, that supply may run out and they're hitting another snag.

The city is using more plow trucks because it's too cold for the salt to melt down the snow.

But those trucks may not help for much longer.

“With the snow plow you have to have accumulation of snow before you can physically plow it off the road,” an official told FOX23.

Since the snow stopped falling, what used to be soft and fluffy became slick and slippery. And the plows can't change that.

That worries some drivers.

“Where the people travel on, I don’t travel on it because it’s still a little bit of ice there,” said a driver.

So, Broken Arrow put down mounds of sand to try to improve the traction on the roads.

They've used 450 tons in the last 24 hours, or roughly a quarter of their supply.

“If it does become an issue where the sand gets low we do have access to additional sand,” said an official.

She also said the city has budgeted for that.

Broken Arrow police said they're next big concern is refreezing, which could happen overnight and also add to slippery conditions.

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