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UPDATED: Winter Storm Preparations Continue in Huntington and West Virginia
EMERGENCY SHELTERS: Plans are in place to open emergency shelters in the city if there significant power outages. The shelters have backup generator power, cots, blankets and food. The locations will be announced immediately if the shelters are deemed necessary.
Emergency shelters with backup power and other supplies have been set up at the Salvation Army, 1227 3rd Ave., and at the Tri-State Fire Academy, 4200 Ohio River Road. However, these shelters are NOT open at this time. They will open if and when the need arises. Additional shelters will be made available to the public if needed.
UTILITY PREPARATIONS: Service Electric Co. of Chattanoonga, Tenn., has arrived in Huntington, bringing 110 trucks and 130 line workers, according to a company official. They are stationed at two locations on U.S. 60.
ROADS: The City of Huntington has 300 tons of salt as well as calcium and cinders to combat ice and snow. Pretreating roadways was not an option earlier today due to rainfall. However, crews will begin treating roads at 7 p.m. The efforts will continue overnight and into Monday morning.