Region prepares for worst as snowstorm approaches

Officials urge people to get vehicles off street

RICHMOND TWP., Pa. - With a big storm bearing down on the region, you can hear many guesses about how much snow will fall. Regardless, people and agencies are hoping for the best but preparing for the worst, and that’s the key.

If nothing else, it's an emergency people can prepare for.

"There's signs out there for all the snow emergency routes," said Craig Conrad, Fleetwood public works director. "We have a plan in place. We have everybody —  part-time people that we rely on for these big storms — all ready to go."

Officials in Fleetwood and other communities said they are trying to be out in front of the storm. As snow emergencies go into effect, folks in Fleetwood and surrounding municipalities are relocating their vehicles.

Officials appreciate that.

"Even if you're not on a snow route, if you have a safe place to move your vehicle off the street, that is a big help for us," Conrad said.

In Hamburg, a new police chief is counting on communication to keep people safe and informed during the storm.

"Communication is paramount,” Chief Anthony Kuklinski said. “This is the first snow emergency i'm handling in Hamburg borough."

To get the message across, Kuklinski is putting his police officers on snow patrol.

"I want them out in town with the patrol cars, making a public announcement along the snow emergency route to get the cars off the street," he said.

In Richmond Township near Kutztown, a car dealership crammed all its vehicles from the lot inside the showroom.

"It took about two hours, and we managed to get 98 vehicles in the showroom," said Nicole Cavalcante, manager of Kutztown Auto Company.

That move should help when the snow stops, making the lot easier to clean, Cavalcante said.

As the temperature drops, the precipitation begins and PennDOT trucks move past on the highway, everybody is getting into preparation mode, and that's the best thing to do.

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