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Baltimore City prepared for snow, residents encouraged to take precautions

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 18:42:47-05

BALTIMORE — Baltimore is prepared for the first winter storm of the season.

Mayor Brandon Scott gave an update Tuesday on the city's snow preparedness plans.

Scott said the city is fully stocked with more than 15,000 tons of salt, 294 pieces of equipment and over 300 pieces of contractor equipment to treat the city's streets.

This year, there’s a virtual command center for snow operations.

The city is also working with the county to treat roads along the city county line. Residents and business owners are encouraged to help shovel snow and take the proper precautions if they must travel.

With colder weather comes water main breaks and disruptions in water services.

Officials said you should begin preparing now for any emergency.

"Always have bottled water on hand if your pipes freeze. You may have to depend on your supply of water for a few days."

Residents should also keep their water service lines from freezing by keeping a thin stream of water running from a faucet on the lowest level of your home.

They should also make sure outside hoses are disconnected and that water to any outside faucets are turned off.

Also, periodically check sump pumps.