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Siloam Springs Bracing for Brutal Winter

SILOAM SPRINGS, AR -- Mother Nature did not waste any time sending icy conditions our way, so some cities are bracing for a brutal winter.
SILOAM SPRINGS, AR -- Mother Nature did not waste any time sending icy conditions our way, so some cities are bracing for a brutal winter.

"Crews have worked around the clock to ensure that motorists are as safe as they can be."

With snow still on the ground and frigid temps still in the forecast, Siloam Springs is still taking to the streets. Friday morning brought freezing rain, but inside city limits Hayden reports no injury accidents.

"We pretreated the roads with the brine solution so that there wasn't ice accumulation. That actually worked really in our favor... We are preparing our crews to have to work as much as we need them to so that the people here in Siloam Springs can remain safe," said Holland Hayden, Director of Communication for Siloam Springs.

Looking back on the winter storm, there was not a single Siloam Springs power outage, trash pick up was delayed by only a couple of hours and city hall only closed early two days.

"We obviously worked with any customers to ensure that their services were completely restored or not shut off just because we were closed."

Even so, some still want to see roads cleared quicker.

"We can't get to every road, we can't get to every subdivision and that's a challenge because we want to be able to help all the residents of Siloam Springs, but we just don't have the manpower, the materials, the equipment... We're doing the absolute best that we can."

But looking forward, if folks feel like stocking up on severe weather equipment is a necessity, it is something the city will look in to.

"If it means that residents really do want to invest more in winter weather, we'll explore it, but it doesn't come without a balance somewhere else."

The City of Siloam Springs also built a new public works building which houses a lot of the winter weather equipment and it is a lot more accessible now. While buckling down for the road ahead, crews also ordered extra materials this season. So if this early storm is any sign of how the rest of winter will go, they are definitely getting prepared.


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