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Plow Truck Drivers Prepared for Winter Storm

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  The plow trucks are ready to go in Cambridge.  Even the shiny new one, set to tackle it's first storm.  The driver of this truck says he's ready to work a twelve hour shift.

"Oh yes, we're up to the challenge.  This isn't the first rodeo we've had in terms of snow storms," said driver Oliver Freeman.

The focus for plowing will be all roads, but if it gets really bad, the focus will shift to snow emergency routes, and then if it gets even worse, on the roads that police, fire, and ambulances will need.  The city is ready for all possibilities, including wear and tear.

"We're supplied with blades.  We've got 20 to 40 blades here, we have two mechanics on deck.  We're up to the challenge," said Andrew Sampson, Cambridge's shop foreman.

Farther north in Easton, the emergency operations center is already humming.  The word from them is to stay home.

"Once it starts snowing this afternoon, it will start to deteriorate rapidly.  We don't want people on the roads, we want them home," said Clay Stamp, Talbot County's emergency services director.

Even if you have a truck, they say it's best to stay home and not risk getting stuck, while they are trying to focus on clearing roads and handling emergencies.

"Well getting stuck and blocking the road, or having a vehicle crash where we then have to put responders in harm's way to go deal with that.  So let's not do that," said Stamp.

Out back, the trucks are loaded with a sand/salt mixture.  Despite the blizzard watch here, they too say they are ready.

"Well we're going to try to stay ahead of it, as much as we can.  When it starts blowing and drifting, we'll focus on the main roads, then we'll focus on our routes, which we have 13 of," said Warren Edwards Jr., Talbot County roads superintendent.

Talbot County also warns drivers that although there may be a lull in the storm tomorrow morning, do not start driving, as the back end of the storm could strand you on the roads.

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