TULSA, okla. – The city of Tulsa is preparing for extremely cold temperatures and possible snowfall this weekend.
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According to official figures, the crews work around the clock in winter until the threat subsides. Currently the crews are handling slick spots as needed. The equipment is also prepared for snow.
Tulsans are encouraged to prepare for several days of snow and extreme cold. Prepare cars with emergency kits, refuel vehicles, and plan ahead.
Snow & ice reaction
After a snow or ice storm has started, the goal is to make expressways and arterial roads safe and passable as quickly as possible. The city has the following resources:
- 62 truck salt spreader
- 4 truck liquid applicator systems for brine applications
- 48 truck snow plows (Of the 62 trucks with spreaders and 4 trucks with liquid applicator systems, 48 have plows.)
- 7 4×4 pick-ups with snow plows
- 3 motor graders for use as plows
- 210 employees (including drivers and support staff)
- About 9,500 tons of salt
- 2 brine mixing systems
The crews are assigned 35 specific routes that comprise a total of 1,770 lane miles. This is roughly the distance from Tulsa to San Francisco. Propagation and plow routes are prioritized based on the traffic figures.
SEE every map and route the city uses for arterial roads, collector roads, schools, and steep hills
Changes related to waste and recycling
Garbage disposal continues as the roads are passable. Steep or slippery hills may not be serviced until trucks are safe on the roads. Don’t put trash in the recycling cart.
Bulky waste collection and recycling will be suspended until employees are released from clearing the streets. No dead animals or illegal landfills will be picked up unless there is a road hazard until employees are cleared from the road.
Depending on the weather situation, it can take up to a week for the event to end. If necessary, employees can work on Saturdays.
Space heater guidelines
City officials provided the following guidelines for safely using space heaters:
- Keep it at least 3 feet away from any flammable object
- Plug it directly into the wall without using extension cords
- Only one heater may be connected to each socket
- Use only electric space heaters. Gas-powered heating devices should not be used indoors
- Never leave a space heater unattended (children and pets can knock it over and cause fires).
Do not use stoves or ovens as heating devices, especially devices that use gas, as these can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.
When using a portable generator after a power outage, leave the generator outside of your home. Keep them away from windows or any other place where the fumes could get into your home.
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