The rain Thursday night was complicating things for plow truck drivers, but they’re still ready for whatever comes their way. Tons of salt and sand is getting loaded up.
"We're ready, we've been getting our trucks prepped basically all day," said Elkhart City Street Department truck driver Rudell Wright.
The mixture will be put on Elkhart's hundreds of miles of road. Wright will be one of several truck drivers out when the storm hits.
"I just go out there and do my job and my priorities make sure the city of Elkhart can get from point A to point B."
The Elkhart Street Department has 16 trucks like this one here that'll be clearing the roads and putting down the salt mixture during the day and then another twelve trucks will be out at night.
"We will come in. The night shift coming in tonight when the temperature starts freezing so we'll be able to coat the road and get a salt brine," said city street commissioner Marty Morgan.
Crews wanted to put this mixture down sooner, but the rain came.
"That's why you have to watch and do it at the right time, otherwise it'll wash it off and won't do you any good at all," said Morgan. "The rain will just dissipate the material it would be a waste of money," said John Pemberton with the South Bend Street Department.
The South Bend Street Department won't be putting down brine at all. But they're trucks are ready to go, packed to the brim with salt. Back in Elkhart, the truck drivers are even getting into the holiday spirit and getting ready for a long day.
"It's probably Going to be a 12-hour day for me tomorrow," said Wright.
INDOT will also be patrolling the roads. Once the rain turns to snow, they'll put salt down to create a brine – which will help with the melting process.
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