CORVALLIS, Ore. – Some people living in Corvallis say they feel like they are in the bullseye of the winter storm, and Public Works crews are working around the clock to keep the roads safe.
As of Friday evening, Corvallis had at least 15 inches of snow on the ground.
“Our plowing actions haven’t resulted in bare pavement, but they have resulted in a much better driving surface for people to get around,” said Mary Steckel, the Public Works Director for the City of Corvallis.
Steckel says crews have been plowing and sanding key areas: transit routes, major intersections, and the roads leading up to the hospital. She says as of Friday afternoon, the roads have not been icy – not yet anyway.
“The prediction is for freezing rain or sleet late today – Friday – and into Saturday morning,” she said. “So there very well could be a layer of ice on top of the packed snow by tomorrow morning.”
But the department is preparing for another challenge early next week: heavy rainfall with the potential of flooding.
“If it comes down in a concentrated period of time, sometimes it takes the systems a little white to catch up,” Steckel said. “So you might see some ponding in the streets and that will move through as the system catches up with the rainfall.”
In the meantime, crews will continue plowing and sanding until the weather clears up.