‘Serious’ winter storm continues to head east as Harrington prepares

HARRINGTON – After the city of Harrington and surrounding areas received dustings of snow this week, officials say they are actively preparing for whatever the upcoming storm may bring.

The storm now headed for the east coast will hit the area Friday evening, according to the National Weather Service. Snow may be accompanied by high winds, sleet and rain.

“This looks like a serious storm and I hope Delawareans are treating it that way,” said Governor Jack Markell.

City Manager Terry Tieman said the city of Harrington is well prepared for the impending weather event.

“All of our plow blades have been services with new cutting edges, rubber blades and feet,” she said of preparations.

Three pickups and a dump truck are outfitted and ready with plows. One pickup is equipped with a sand and salt spreader, she said, with $3,000 budgeted towards the cost of that salt and sand this year.

The city of Harrington is also prepared for the possibility of high winds accompanying the upcoming storm, according to Ms. Tieman.

“All of our equipment has been weighted. All flags and banners will come down tomorrow [Friday] and any loose equipment will be stored securely,” she said, adding that high winds could cause downed trees and power outages.

Maintaining a safe environment is a community effort complete with responsibilities for residents and business owners alike.

“Citizens should keep abreast of up-to-date information from new outlets. They should remove vehicles off the streets so that plows can maneuver,” she said.

“Most importantly, we encourage citizens to take extra time to get to their destination(s) and get important supplies ahead of time. Don’t wait until the last minute. If you don’t have to be on the road, please stay home.”

The Harrington Police Department released a statement echoing much of the same.

“Crews from Harrington Public Works and DelDOT will be working hard to keep the roads clear of snow and ice. To make this easier, we ask that all residents keep their vehicles parked off the roadway to make plowing operations run smooth,” it read.

To help operations run smoothly, parking is not permitted along Delaware Ave., Clark St. and Commerce St. one hour after any snow fall starts. Vehicles parked along these roads are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense.

Residents can sign up for emergency notifications using Code Red found on the city of Harrington’s Website at Harrington.delaware.gov. CodeRed supports text, voice and email messaging to multiple family members or employees per address.

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