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Area road crews preparing for what winter storm may bring

Published On: Feb 06 2013 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 07 2013 05:00:30 PM CST

Road crews around the region are in prep mode ahead of Friday's storm.

Road crews around the region are in prep mode ahead of Friday's storm.

Berks County has not seen a major snow event this year, but mother nature is still hitting local municipalities and some businesses hard in the wallet.

Crews in Greenwich Township spent Thursday piling salt and anti-skid into trucks.

"They're loaded and they're ready to go," said Harry Hoppes, road master supervisor for the township.

Exeter Township also has a fleet fully loaded on standby.

"As soon as it starts, we'll get back out there again and keep after it," said Clarence Hamm, highway superintendent for Exeter Township.

Back out there, because mother nature has been like rapid fire in Berks County. A round of clipper systems the past two weeks has been like a one-two punch for road crews.

"This is like every other day we've had something we had to go out on," said Hoppes.

Crews have been working long hours, and salt piles are quickly being depleted.

Exeter Township spent $45,000 last weekend alone, said Hamm.

All that salt on the road usually means big business for places like the Autospa in Wyomissing. Owners said business now is better than summertime, but one storm after the other has left them somewhat dry.

"Do I want to spend the money today and maybe have snow again tomorrow, or should I wait until the next snow is gone then I'll get it cleaned up?" said Irv Bressler, owner of Autospa.