Public works crews work to keep up with snowfall

By WEEK Producer

January 31, 2014 Updated Feb 1, 2014 at 1:00 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Road crews are doing everything they can to keep up with the storm.

Crews have been out since Friday morning pre-treating roads with salt.

Officials said warmer temperatures should work in their favor this time around and allow the salt to melt the snow.

But they could run into several problems before it's over.

Right now crews are working to clear the main roads. They will move into residential neighborhoods if at least two inches of snow falls. If that is the case, the public works department will put a parking ban on the area.

Crews said their biggest concern is maintaining a round of freezing rain Saturday morning.

"The problem will be if we get snow accumulation on the residential streets, it gets snow packed and then we get rain on top of that. It could cause some very slippery conditions," said Peoria Public Works Director David Haste.

To make things worse, IDOT officials in Morton said they are facing a salt shortage which could have a large effect on clean-up time.

Crews said a barge carrying a large shipment of salt did not arrive this week because of the frozen Mississippi River.

It's not clear when the salt shipment will arrive but crews say they will be cutting it close this weekend.

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