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Local stores crowded in last-minute rush before snowstorm

By Ryan Hughes, Reporter, RHughes@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 12 2014 04:32:29 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 12 2014 05:56:38 PM CST

Supplies flew off the shelves as a major winter storm inched closer to our region.

SOUTH HEIDELBERG TWP., Pa. -

Supplies flew off the shelves as a major winter storm inched closer to our region.

Registers were ringing off the hook Wednesday as a steady stream of customers weaved its way up and down the aisles inside Redner's Market in South Heidelberg Twp., Berks Co., to grab the essentials.

"Just milk, water and juices, just stuff that's easy to make in case the power goes out," said Brittany Aviles, who lives in Sinking Spring.

"I'm getting some groceries for my neighbor who can't get out," said Rich Debiec, who is from Wernersville.

"I salted my driveway again and we're getting water and food and there are lines all over the place," said Matt Dolinsky, who lives in Sinking Spring.

In Muhlenberg Township, PennDOT's fleet of trucks were at the ready. Repairs to the trucks were made, the trucks were filled with gas and officials said they have enough salt. Crews said they're ready, but this time around they will be faced with another added challenge.

"Since we already have a lot of snow on the ground we have to be careful pushing it back. We already have frozen snow on the shoulders, so we have to take a little more care now going back with that," said Rick Stone, with PennDOT.

PennDOT has also called in additional trucks from the western part of the state to help because of the size of the storm.