D.C. Official: City Is Prepared for Snow Season

By Tom Sherwood
|  Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013  |  Updated 8:07 PM EDT
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D.C. government officials said the city has $6 million in crews and equipment, more than enough to handle the snow this season.  News 4's Tom Sherwood reports.

Tom Sherwood

D.C. government officials said the city has $6 million in crews and equipment, more than enough to handle the snow this season. News 4's Tom Sherwood reports.

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District officials, armed with $6 million in crews and equipment, say they are prepared to handle any kind of snow this winter.

During a hearing with D.C. Council Public Works Chairman Mary Cheh, Bill Howland with D.C. Snow Operations ensured Cheh his department is ready to handle the snow in a couple months -- large or small.

"I would say we're probably in better shape than we've ever been," Howland said.

The National Weather Service said the area is expected to get a "normal" amount of snow this winter -- about 15 inches total. 

Howard said the department has "more than enough" salt on hand and is using a more environmentally-friendly mixture.

If the city were to get several inches at one time, Howard wanted to remind residents taking a shoveled parking spot on a public street "reserved" with a kitchen chair or any other item is not exactly good behavior.

"I would say as a courtesy, if someone's cleared out their spot, I wouldn't take it," Howard said. 

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