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Road crews say they're ready for winter weather

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"It's always fresh the first couple of snowfalls, they're really looking forward to it cause they've been itching to get in those trucks and start pushing the snow," says manager of the South Bend Street Department, John Pemberton, Jr.

And at the South Bend Street Department, they're ready.

"It's our first snowfall. We gotta get acclimated just as well as the public does for safe driving conditions," he says.

Pemberton says they've been preparing for weeks now, going over routes and training new drivers. "We are anticipating temperatures to drop down so we gotta watch for Black Ice and hot spot areas."

Which he says could keep them pretty busy. Mishawaka crews say they're also ready to go.

"You plan as far ahead as you can and prepare for the worst," says Tim Ryan, Assistant Street Commissioner at the Mishawaka Street Department.

Ryan says they were hoping to put down brine. That's a salt and water mixture they put down before it snows, but, they can't do that if the roads are already wet. So, they wait.

"It's a waiting game to see what's actually going to happen. The winds they're calling for could factor into the blowing and drifting and then the decisions are made," says Ryan.

But no matter what the weather brings, he says they'll be ready. "I don't freak out, the guys don't get freaked out. They're a good bunch of guys, they know what their responsibilities and jobs are."

And folks we talked with aren't freaking out either.

"If you live in Indiana you have to be used to winter weather," says Lesa Rosenbaum.

"Here in Indiana we don't really know what a storm is," says Carla Soule.

And they say they've been doing their normal preparations.

"Mostly canned foods and stuff that you don't have to heat, that's what I have at home," says Soule.

"For the most part, stock up on salt and make sure you have a good shovel," says Rosenbaum.

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