Green Country crews working to clear roads


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Updated: 2/26/2013 10:01 am Published: 2/26/2013 1:29 am


Crews are spending the night keeping a close eye on roads all across Osage County.

There is a blizzard warning in effect. The courthouse could be closed Tuesday depending if a road on the hill leading to the building is frozen.

The Osage County Emergency Management Department says that road will be watched as well as crews work to keep the streets safe.


"I hope we don't get it but I'm expecting the worst," said Osage County Emergency Director Howard Pattison.


He told FOX23’s Dontaye Carter it was one expectation he hopes he'll never see. Pattison says they were not prepared for the blizzard two years ago but he believes the county is now.
 
Every truck in the county is fueled up and ready for the 12 hour shifts nearly 140 people will be working Monday night.


"We want to keep people safe but really the only way to keep safe is to keep them home," said Pattison.

The county will have 10 to 12 trucks monitoring 1,000 miles of road in the area. In Pawhuska, crews have 500 tons of gravel and 50 tons of salt on standby.

"I had this trip planned for a couple of weeks. I saw the weather and just trying to stay ahead of it," said Mark Bell, who traveled to Oklahoma on business.

He says he's prepared for everything. Bell showed FOX23 a bag in his car with all kinds of supplies and snacks like a power bar.

"If it really gets bad I will pull over and get a hotel room,” said Bar “If not I’ll just go from destination to destination."

Pattison is advising everyone to stay in their homes. He says if it’s an emergency to leave to make sure you let someone know where you’re going and the route you’re taking.

In the past the county has had to go out and save people who lost control of their vehicles and ended up stranded.



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