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December 9, 2009 10:11 AM

Here's a good example of why having an Emergency Operations Center is a good idea. We got information from the field that the Streets Division could run low on fuel because tankers coming from Jefferson couldn't make it in. Here at the EOC, Streets Superintendant Al Schumacher is sitting right next to Metro Director Chuck Kamp. They got right to work trying to figure out if Streets could use Metro's fuel. Same specs? Enough supply? Can our plow trucks get into Metro's fueling bays?

At the same time, Streets was calculating fuel needs based on the last big storm. It seems right now as if we'll be able to get through until tomorrow when supplies resume without having to tap Metro. But this is a textbook example of why we opened the EOC this morning.

We also made the decision just now to keep Metro busses off the streets for the remainder of the day. While the arterial streets might be good enough to go, we're concerned that busses could get stuck on the windrows on cross streets or going up hills. There's just too much risk.

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