No matter what's in the forecast, many New Yorkers say it doesn't hurt to be prepared. And that goes for city officials too. Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
People preparing for the worst picked up 50-pound bags of ice melt.
“I heard it's gonna be pretty bad,” said one shopper at Home Depot in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.
“I'm hoping that it's not going to snow that bad,” another said, laughing. “but I'm getting ready.”
“I'm hoping it's not as bad as expected,” said a third.
Some at Home Depot confidently clasp the calcium chloride others question the buy.
“What do you think about this, should I take this?” one shopper asked.
“I don’t know I’m a reporter. I don’t work here,” said NY1’s Michael Herzenberg.
Shovels also showed themselves to make people think twice, some seeking the lightest, others seeking the strongest.
The city also took steps to prepare: 2,500 Sanitation Workers will use on 365 salt spreaders, and up to 1,800 plows from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Sanitation officials say they will be monitoring the forecast and making adjustments to their plans as needed.
Two inches of accumulation triggers the plows.
Back at the store they kept restocking, with tons of calcium chloride in storage.
Some customers take as much as they can for businesses and others for their homes, both for safety.
“We have a large storefront, so we’ve gotta make sure we’re ready for the upcoming snow,” said a shopper buying calcium chloride.
“Once it’s gone, that’s it. You’re stuck. As a homeowner you cannot afford to not shovel your snow or make sure somebody slips and wants to sue you,” said another.
Whatever the reason, Bed-Stuy’s Home Depot sold more than 21,000 pounds of ice melt on Monday alone.
Anyone with any questions about the city's response can call 311 or visit nyc.gov/severeweather.
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