How the City of Twin Falls Prepares for Winter Weather


By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT / KTWT) Mother Nature is making her presence known this week, dumping several inches of snow across the Magic Valley.

But, long before her arrival Twin Falls city leaders were busy preparing.

With winter weather in full swing the city’s Streets Department is working overtime.
"We have 648, 650 miles of road in the city," said Mark Thomson, Street Supervisor.

With just five trucks, department workers hit the streets.

But, their work begins long before the storm arrives.

"Depending on the amount of snow we're expecting, we'll come in and start pre-wetting. We have a lot of problem areas," said Thomson.

They target the most dangerous intersections and roads first, like the steep hill on Grandview, which connects with Addison Avenue at the bottom.

"We use magnesium chloride or we use another product if it's below 20 degrees called Geomelt. It creates a surface between the pavement and the ice, so the ice won't stick and we can plow it off easier," said Thomson.

Behind the scenes, protocols are in place at the city level to help the department.

"We have officers that are on patrol 24/7 obviously, and they're seeing the streets and they're driving those streets at all hours of the day and night," said Josh Palmer, PIO, Twin Falls.

Part of their job is to identify the more dangerous streets and dispatch the plows to take care of the problem.

In emergency situations where the city is unable to keep up with the ice build-up, city leaders will notify the public.

"Through either our website or local media. We're working on an alert I.D. system that we'll be able to text people to let them know we would just rather they stay home," said Palmer.

Keeping citizens informed and safe is their top priority.

When shoveling snow off your sidewalks and driveways the Streets Department would prefer you put it on your grass, not in the street.

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