Crews seen clearing side streets, working to get roadways clear


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Crews with the city of Memphis were busy plowing roadways across the area, trying to make the city streets safer for Mid-South drivers. Two of them were seen making their way down White Station near Sam Cooper.

WREG’s Corie Ventura pointed out that is a good sign that crews are making progress, as White Station, while busy, is not considered one of the main priority roads. Crews are now tackling those side streets and making it easier for drivers to get where they need to be.

While they continue to work, the side roads and those in neighborhoods were still covered on Tuesday, making for slick roadways.

On the interstate system there are still sections where only a single lane is open and cars are having to travel in a single file line. However, that is not the case everywhere. A common site on Tuesday along with TDOT crews helping stranded motorists.

The city of Memphis said it is using all available resources to help clear Mid-South roadways. City crews along with six contracted snowplows were deployed early Tuesday morning and will continue to work in 12-hour shifts for the next several days.

The city has six Brince Units, 16 sand trucks and a total of 14 snowplows to work with.

The city told WREG Monday that it could be Saturday or Sunday before all of the roads in the area become passable. The city only has about 14 snow plows and we were hit twice in less than a week with another round on the way Wednesday into Thursday.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation said its crews have also been working to clear the local roadways of ice and snow. On Tuesday, they said they were focused on the interstate and four-lane highways followed by the two-lane routes.

They said they will be monitoring the roadways as the next storm arrives Wednesday.

In Desoto County, Mississippi, WREG’s Wendy Nations was along Goodman Road near I-55 on Tuesday. She reported slick roadways from the left over snow, but said that major artery through Desoto County was passable. Other side roads were not.

Despite the cold and road conditions, many people lined up outside the Southaven Walmart to stock up on necesseties. Southaven Police even responded to make sure everything ran smoothly.

Many people Nations spoke with said they were getting the usuals like bread and milk, but some others stocked up on things like sodas, chips and even antifreeze. They said they wanted to be prepared for whatever comes with Wednesday’s storm.

The county declared a state of emergency on Monday due to the conditions and Southaven Police reported responding to a number of accidents that day. County crews said they salted and plowed the roads but it’s been hard to keep up as snow continued to fall yesterday.

WREG’s Jerrita Patterson was in Arkansas on Tuesday where she reported that the Arkansas Department of Transportation has been keeping busy. Crews could be seen traveling around the area, trying to restore power and get the main roadways clear.

The department said for the most part the interstate looks good, but the side roads are still dicey. They encouraged everyone to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

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