Plow crews 'leaving the chains on for a couple of days'

Plow crews 'leaving the chains on for a couple of days' »Play Video
"We all chained up this morning to get out of the yard," said Michael Mullen from behind the wheel of a de-icer truck.

EUGENE, Ore. - They've all been through this drill before.

Seven sanding trucks, five plows and 2 de-icing units from Eugene Public Works hit the streets Thursday and again Friday in a never-ending battle against the white stuff.

"We all chained up this morning to get out of the yard," said Michael Mullen from behind the wheel of a de-icer truck. "I think they plan on leaving the chains on for a couple of days."

"All of our equipment is out, concentrating mainly on priority 1 and 2 routes which are the arterial and collectors," said Eric Johnson, the snow incident commander for Eugene. | See a City of Eugene Snow Plow Priorities Map

So far, crews have sprayed 3,600 gallons of liquid de-icer on the pavement and dumped 200 cubic yards of sand. 

Even as they fought the snow, they prepared for the freezing rain in the forecast.

"There's a good likelihood that we'll see some limbs and possibly trees falling," Johnson said, "so we'll have our crews out there dealing with any material."