TULSA - The City of Tulsa says its well-armed and has a plan of attack in case Mother Nature launches a snow invasion.
Paul Strizek told KRMG at City Hall Monday morning that the city's lots have more than 13,000 tons of salt on hand, enough to handle a number of major storms.
So far, he said, they've only used about 800 tons of salt during the two snow and ice events we've had so far this season.
In the arsenal: 62 truck-mounted sand-salt spreaders, 45 truck-mounted snow plows, 4 motor graders that can be used as plows, and 170 employees including drivers and support staff.
That's a total of 14 more plows and spreaders than Tulsa had last year.
The spreaders have 36 predetermined routes, totaling 1,768 lane miles. Once main streets are plowed and clear, some residential areas will see plows.
The city prioritizes those assignments based on traffic counts and the steepness of the roads.
Strizek says they have several people literally out patrolling the streets, monitoring conditions and looking for problem areas, before during and after storms.
He says they also have four weather monitoring stations, and stay in constant contact with the National Weather Service.