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Local governments brace for expected storm

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Local governments say they're ready for the expected storm.  Crews are preparing on both sides of the river.

Salt is getting piled in Floyd County trucks, getting ready for the storm.  Twelve-hour shifts start at 3 a.m. Friday.  The Floyd County Highway Department has 15 snow plows to cover about 600 miles of road.

Jeff Ramsey, Floyd County Highway Superintendent, when asked what was his biggest worry with this storm, responded, "The ice.  Ice on Sunday ,and we're not really positively absolutely sure what depth of event will be, but with ice, it's hard to do anything with ice."

Crews there and in Metro Louisville are not able to brine because the pavement is too wet.  But Floyd County is expecting some roads to be closed this weekend because of the weather.

Ramsey says, "We have barricade-like gates for some of our knobs that are really treacherous.  They don't have guardrail, Blunk Knob, Fairview Knob, and Farnsley Knob, if weather is bad enough, Sunday will be bad enough.  Sunday we'll shut those gates."

The Clark County Highway Department says its workers are also on standby tonight.  It has 23 snow plows and salt trucks.

The highway department says it uses a salt and cinder mix on the roads.  Gary Vandegriff, Seymour District Highway Maintenance Director, explains, "We are ready to go, this is the kind of storm we can't do any pre-treating on because of rain being in front of the freezing rain or snow, equipment is ready, manpower is ready."

Indiana Department of Transportation employees will be back at midnight to start 12-hour shifts.  They're responsible for 31 routes in the Seymour district.  2000 tons of salt are on hand.

The weather isn't expected to be as bad in Louisville, but Metro Government says it's still prepared.  It uses 160 pieces of equipment to clear nearly 1400 miles of road in Louisville.

Louisville's Public Works Department says crews will start salting as soon as the freezing rain hits.

The Big Four Bridge is also scheduled to close tonight because of the expected bad weather.  It will stay closed until any ice has melted.

Vandegriff says, "The biggest concern for drivers, if there is ice, is to slow down, don't try to go anywhere in a hurry, if you don't have to go, don't go."

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