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Lehigh Valley residents prepare for nor'easter

HELLERTOWN, Pa. - PennDot hit the road Tuesday laying down brine for an approaching nor'easter.

Over in Bethlehem, city public works crews focused on making sure their gear was geared up. Nearly 40 vehicles will be running 24-7 until it's all cleared.

"Checking all our equipment, plows, making sure everything is ready, checking our AVL system, which is our monitoring of the operation...all the tools we use during the storm to fight the storm," said Bethlehem Public Works Director Michael Alkhal.

Plenty of salt in store, likely the first and best way to start ridding the roads of ice and snow. Alkhal says with rain first, brine would be nearly useless.

"Because it'll be washed off with rain so it wouldn't be very effective, but when it starts to snow, we'll go out and do our salt runs," he said. 

Customers loaded their cars with salt, shovels, and other tools.

"I have five containers of gas ready for the generator. Now I have the salt, and we went shopping yesterday for the essentials so we're in good shape," said Glenn Adams.

He was one many who lost power from Friday's windy storm.

Speaking of power, PPL crews are ready to hustle too.

"We still have additional crews, we have 1,800 line crews, tree crews and assessors helping with the restoration process. We even have mutual assistance crews coming from as far away as Texas, Florida and Alabama to help with our restoration," Carol Obando-Derstine with PPL Regional Affairs said.



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