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City Leaders, Road Crews: 'We Were Prepared for Storm'

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-- With classes closed, trash service suspended, and even some mail delays, it seems like mother nature has temporarily shut down our cities. But the blizzard of 2014 is deemed a much less significant snow and ice event here in Northwest Arkansas. That's compared to the December storm that closed schools for five days in a row. This time around, local leaders say they were prepared and that each storm provides a learning experience.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS-- With classes closed, trash service suspended, and even some mail delays, it seems like mother nature has temporarily shut down our cities. But the blizzard of 2014 is deemed a much less significant snow and ice event here in Northwest Arkansas. That's compared to the December storm that closed schools for five days in a row. This time around, local leaders say they were prepared and that each storm provides a learning experience. "We came to work at 8:00 Saturday night and have been here ever since," says Terry Gulley, with the Fayetteville Transportation Department. "We got out here about 6-7 hours before the first snow. And by doing that we had 16 people and 12 trucks on the road as quick as we saw the first snow and ice pellet." "We've been trying to learn as we go too," says Springdale Mayor Doug Sprouse. "The biggest thing with beet juice is it makes your salt more effective at lower temps." Beet juice has been a new part of the road de-icing measures around the area. Meanwhile, Fayetteville road crews remind everyone still stuck in their neighborhood.. to be patient. Crews will clear out the worst hit, main roads first.. then move to side streets.

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