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Winter storm wallops Detroit and road crews are busy

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Road crews were out in full force on Wednesday as a storm system threatened to dump a half-foot of snow on the Detroit area. Scott Cabauatan (KAB'-eh-WAH'-tehn) is the deputy director of public services in Wayne County, which includes Detroit and is the largest county in Michigan. "We will roughly clear on one regular pass just under 5,000 lane miles of roadway," said Cabauatan, who added that "we will have right around 100 pieces of equipment and operators working" at any given time to salt and clear roadways of snow and ice. "This is one of the first big snowfalls we've had," Cabauatan said. "This snowfall poses a concern from the aspect that it's a wet, heavy snow versus a lighter snow." Snow also is in the forecast for late in the week and over the weekend, and Cabauatan said crews will be ready for the challenge. "We're anticipating many days on end of working here and being in the trucks," he said.

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