How Are Basic Services In Northeast Oklahoma Weathering The Storm?


Wednesday, February 9th 2011, 7:18 pm
By: News On 6


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TULSA, Oklahoma -- Last week's blizzard brought much of Green Country to a grinding halt. Icy, snow-packed streets meant delivery trucks couldn't make it to grocery stores or gas stations, and mail and trash services were paralyzed.

So how are basic services weathering the weather this time?

Roads:
The roads here in Tulsa are much clearer and more manageable than last week, but that doesn't make any less dangerous, the roads are still icy.

Postal Service:
The postal service spent the last couple of days catching up after last week's snowfall. They say carriers are working overtime making every attempt to deliver mail.

However, they say if you can't get out, they most likely can't get to you so there might be some delays.

Trash Service:
Mary Hawthorne with Tulsa Refuse says their crews' collection efforts on Wednesday were delayed by the latest round of snow, but crews began work after the snow had stopped falling.  

Hawthorne says any regular Wednesday customers whose trash wasn't picked up are encouraged to leave their cans and bags curbside and Tulsa Refuse will work Thursday and Friday to service the homes.

Grocery Stores:
We saw last week empty shelves at stores. Produce, bread, milk, eggs... gone from store shelves.

Reasor's says they were about 75 percent stocked. Trucks were coming to restock though they were behind by a few hours.

Most Walmarts say their stocked as well.

Food Pyramid says they are stocked, a little low on bread.

Whole Foods is stocked but they closed at noon.

Transportation:
A spokesperson for QuikTrip says its stores are in good shape.

As far as transportation goes, Greyhound buses are not running. It's closed.

Tulsa Transit is operating all daytime fixed routes. But they are down some buses because of damage from last week's storm. So mostly they are running one bus per route.

Meanwhile, at Tulsa International Airport flights continue to be delayed or canceled through the morning hours.

The first commercial flight of the day didn't get in until around 10:10 Wednesday morning. Airlines started normal operations in the afternoon.

Passengers should check their flight status before leaving for the airport. The airport snow crew has kept the main runway and primary taxiways open.

The theme of the day here in Tulsa, it's not as bad as last time.

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