Salt Trucks, Maybe Snow Plows to Keep Busy in New York CityAired January 20, 2000 - 2:02 p.m. ET
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ANDRIA HALL, CNN ANCHOR: The snow plows and salt trucks are keeping very busy in New York.
Rebecca Spitz of our affiliate New York One has the very latest from a New York City sanitation center.
REBECCA SPITZ, NEW YORK ONE REPORTER: When I started my day at 5:00, this morning, the snow was falling very lightly, but what a difference a few hours makes. This Department of Sanitation salt yard is virtually empty now. Earlier it was buzzing with crews loading salt spreaders from the massive salt pile you can see behind me. Right now, all 353 spreaders in the city's arsenal are out in all five boroughs, making sure the streets are clear.
As long as the snow continues to fall like this, lightly, the sale is the city's best weapon. If the accumulation does, however, exceed two inches, then the Department of Sanitation will pull out the big gun, that's 700 snow plows, and attack the streets that way.
Now, it's too early to tell whether that will actually be necessary, but snow and winds have been steadily increasing in the last couple of hours. Who knows where this storm will take us. We will just have to weather it out.
I'm Rebecca Spitz for CNN.
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