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Winter Is Coming: Mount Vernon DPW Practicing 'Snow Drill' On Thursday

After a rough winter last year, the Mount Vernon DPW was forced to outfit several trucks to combat Mother Nature. On Thursday, they will run a "snow drill" to evaluate and current needs.
After a rough winter last year, the Mount Vernon DPW was forced to outfit several trucks to combat Mother Nature. On Thursday, they will run a "snow drill" to evaluate and current needs. Photo Credit: Mount Vernon DPW

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - Although the sun will be shining high in the sky on Thursday, the Mount Vernon Department of Public Works has scheduled a "snow drill" to review, reevaluate and potentially revise their game plan for winter storm preparedness.

On Thursday, DPW crews will run through the logistics involved during a potential storm to ensure that when winter weather strikes Mount Vernon, snow removal and street cleaning is expedited, more organized and second nature for those involved with clearing roadways and debris.

Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas praised DPW Commissioner Ralph Uzzi and his team for being proactive, and said that leading up to winter, they will continue to meet and perform the drills until the operation is seamless.

“Storm planning is an ongoing process and the city must always be prepared, so we are using the warm weather as an opportunity to review the lessons learned from January’s record snow,” he said. “All routes will be reviewed, assessed and revised if necessary. Operational strength is key.”

Uzzi said that by running these dry drills, when there is no pressure to perform, members of the DPW will have the opportunity to become experts at what they are tasked with accomplishing during a storm.

“I am proud of the men and women of DPW and their response to Winter Storm Jonas; however, we must continually prepare, plan and sharpen our operations so snow removal is efficient, thorough and responsive to the citizens,” he stated. “The drill will allow us to review our plans and evaluate our existing equipment to make sure we acquire the necessary upgrades to improve our response.

“Protecting the people of Mount Vernon and ensuring safe, clean streets is DPW’s number one priority.”

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