Tulsa Road Crews, Grocery Shoppers Gear Up For Icy March Weekend

Sunday, March 2nd 2014, 12:01 am
By: News On 6

City of Tulsa crews are on standby and equipped with lots and lots of salt.

They're hoping for rain before ice so they can better treat roads.

"Have a little moisture there we can get the salt down first, and that way keep the ice from bonding, so when the system rolls through we can clear the streets quicker," Tim McCorkell said.

In the meantime, a mad dash across Tulsa for milk, bread, eggs and even Girl Scout Cookies is being made in anticipation of icy roads.

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Managers at the Reasor's on 15th Street and Lewis Avenue said the store has the biggest inventory of any Reasor's location.

And they hope that will translate to shelves staying stocked as more and more customers come in to buy groceries.

Workers are continuing to replenish shelves through the evening, focusing on bread, milk and eggs.

Shoppers say compared to previous winter storms, this is not as chaotic, but it's definitely still busy.

"I'm surprised there's plenty of food on the shelves right now and I don't feel that hectic feeling that I have to grab everything fast before everyone else gets it," Harriet Young said.

Temequah Breckenridge said she requires very little in the face of severe weather.

"If the storm comes, I got plenty of peanut butter and jelly and water," she said. "We can live off of that for days."

Did grocers get shipments in this week to prepare for this storm?

Bread, specifically seems to be the hot commodity.

Bread companies do their shipments weekly, so the Reasor's manager was saying they really didn't know exactly when this storm would hit a week ago and when exactly to have more bread on shelves.

As precipitation began to fall across Tulsa on Saturday night, city workers lined up snow plows to avoid school and work cancellations.

McCorkell says salt will hit the roads again, all the while wishing this is the last time this season he'll have to think about salt and snow.

"Well you know we always hope that, but we're not through the winter yet, so cross your fingers," he said.