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Cities prepare for Monday morning commute amid winter weather

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COLUMBUS, Ind. (Feb. 15, 2015) - City crews in Columbus are preparing for Monday morning's winter weather and are hoping to tackle the storm before rush hour.

Bryan Burton, Director of Columbus City Garage, says there are five crews heading out Monday morning at 4:00. He says an additional 10 crews will head out at 5:00 am, just before the morning commute.

Crews in Columbus will start with salting and plowing city streets, then they'll move to sidewalks for those that have to work Monday morning,

"We’ll have material down on the sidewalk and we’ll just continuously keep shoveling or plowing what we need to plow. Sounds like it’s going to be an all day event, so we’ll just keep going until we see the end," Burton says.

There was concern that Columbus would not have enough salt to make it through the rest of the winter. Burton says because of a mild winter so far, they've been able to preserve some of their salt supply.

“We’ve been very fortunate with the low amount of snow totals that we’ve received, so we’re okay on salt and we’ve had some shipped in, definitely nothing like last year. We probably have about nine thousand tons on hand, so we should be in good shape," he says.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has asked drivers to be extra cautions on the roads Monday. Click here for a list of tips to keep you safe.