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      Pee Dee gets salt needed to treat roads

      Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transpor t ation (SCDOT) say as of Tuesday morning, they should have enough salt to treat the roads in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand, should icy conditions occur there, during the anticipated ice storm.

      Transportation crews used 3,300 tons of salt two weeks ago during a storm, and it nearly wiped them out. But, he said with extra supply from Columbia, there should be enough.

      Crews will not pre-treat the roads because the rain in advance of the ice and snow could wash it away.

      SCDOT is also inspecting equipment to make sure its in good working order.

      "With the salt, the snow and ice equipment, the salt and the calcium chloride it causes you know wires to corrode and things to break. So we just making sure that all that's ready," explained Scarborough.

      Scarborough explained that as of Tuesday morning, crews began working twelve hour shifts so that crews can remain on the ground 24 hours a day for the duration of the storm. They will have anywhere between 8 and 12 trucks, snowplows and salt spreader combinations depending on the size of the county.

      According to Scarborough, having gone through a similar winter event just two weeks ago helps them prepare. "It certainly helps a lot because we've got a lot of new staff, people that haven't worked in this environment before and so two weeks ago it was certainly a training opportunity for us."