Gov. Cooper, NCDOT detail winter storm preps
Gov. Roy Cooper details the state's winter storm preparations ahead of the snow expected tonight and tomorrow morning.
to come and talk about the Department of Transportation Employees who worked so hard and in conditions that can be dangerous. Sometimes they're out on the road a lot. They work 12 hour shifts spreading this protective coating out on the highways to get ready for the snow. A lot of them are resting right now because they're getting ready to go back out there. But we're grateful for the hard work of our D. O. C. Employees, particularly when, as with most other industries right now there is a shortage of staff. So the people who are here have to work that much harder in the past two events that we have had in the last few weeks. They've done extraordinarily excellent work and we expect them to do that again here and to get us through the weekend and hopefully not having any problems. But we're asking people to prepare again to make sure you've got what you need in the house and if you live in an area that it looks like it will be dangerous to go out in the morning. Please don't please stay put and uh let things melt a little bit before you go out. Yes sir, we have a government, thank you and we are, as the governor said, we want people to stay off the road and began, Our crews are continuing to work. We've done a great job of preparing ahead of time with our brine solution. About 500 employees with You know, approximately 1.5 million gallons of brine that we distributed across our state. And you know, we'll continue, we've got 1100 employees ready to go as the governor said and we walked around and look, there's a lot of equipment on the yard today because we do, we have our cruise home resting, uh, prepared to come back when we need them to get started to get our roads open and safe for our citizens across more. Just as the governor said again, be patient, we have, you know, we have seen some, some downturn in our hiring practices that we've had. We've got to continue to work together and work with our partners and we will have our roads open. Just be patient with us, Be safe, stay home if you can and just continue to be safe. We want to get across bad. Another question. This is the third snow event this uh, this month. Um, so how is your supply? Because it is not, you know, typical for our area. That's, that's a great question. We have been working on supplies at our cruise performing runs back and forth from the airport to bring supplies back to the counties to make sure that the assault saying what they need. They are preparing as you saw today. We walked of ourselves sheds here in Wood County. Um, and the good thing is we've got 14 divisions across transportation and each of the counties worked together. So, you know, we talk to each other when we have storms like this, they share, they work together is one team and we work together to make sure we have and you do have what you need. How hard was it sourcing all that? Because we hear about that supply chain. Sure the surprise and it wasn't a big issue for us. It was more of the challenge of, you know, when you go and everybody needs salt across the state, you know, so unprecedented for us to have the storms we've had back to back and now we're lining up to make sure we've got those um supplies at one porter making sure we get in and out. So that's been the biggest single weight the travel time. But we're ready. We've got the supplies. We're looking forward to what we need to do today and tomorrow to be ready. Situation made it more difficult to get the supplies to support. I would say it's more difficult. I said it's just another way for us to it's a challenge and opportunity that, you know, our staff is great. We look for those opportunities and ways to succeed and they've done a great job when you say be patient with us a little bit in what specific ways will we see areas where we need to be patient. I think if you look back to the previous storms, um that's a good indicator we have with our contract staff that we have supplied with us and also our staff, we're continuing to hit our interstate payments first. Obviously our primary and our secondary in that order. And you know it, it will take us as long as you've seen in the past. But I think if you look back to the past storms, we've done a great job. You know, our teams are really working hard. I think you continuously, but we want to make sure everybody understands that what we're facing and be transparent. Is there an area in the state that's struggling emotion supplies? No, I did have one for governor cooper just to reiterate this thunderstorm in a mud. But any other message to the people in the areas that are hit most hard. Just be careful. We know that on saturday morning the roads could have snow and some ice. The good thing about this event is they do not think there's going to be significant freezing rain and ice accumulation which in the past two storms, we've had some of that and we know that often leads to down power lines and when it's really cold, we worry about people who are spending a night or two without power in their homes. If it gets as cold as it has the past two snowstorms this time, we do not expect that. But one thing we know is we don't don't want to take anything for granted rather be safe than sorry rather be over prepared than under prepared. I think right now this crew is taking the right steps to make sure our roads are ready. We've gotten the information out to people about what they need to do in the event that there area gets to be dangerous and we just want more Carolinians to stay alert. Ready. N C dot gov. You can check about the kinds of things that you might need for the next couple of days and for some reason you do get snowed in. So we do not expect this to be an overwhelming event that we want to be careful. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Okay, enjoy. We'll see you brother. W will you give Kristy thought when you get into? Yeah, I have the letters of yeah. Okay. Mm hmm. Yeah. Good. Mm hmm. Okay. Mhm don't move. Oh,