Local businesses brace for holiday storm

Local businesses and department officials have geared up for the holiday winter storm.

Director of the Depart-ment of Public Facilities for Chautauqua County George Spanos said he has three crews working around the clock to keep the roads safe.

He said, “People should do their part and drive safe,” and added, “Don’t follow plow trucks too closely.”

Fredonia Chief of Police Bradley Meyers said people should keep their eye on the weather forecast.

“Have your cars prepared, make sure the wipers work, and if your battery operates in bad weather, also keep your cell phone charged,” he said.

City of Dunkirk Public Works Director Tony Gugino said, “Everything is running normally.”

He said he has two plows and two front-wheel loaders ready to go to work.

“We’re just waiting to do what we do best: clean it up,” he said.

Businesses fear the storm will keep people indoors and business will be slow.

Demetri’s On the Lake waitress Erin Grucza believes “business will be very slow” due to the bad weather.

Grucza said they don’t usually get a lot of snow even though they are by the lake.

“It usually jut blows right over us,” she said.

For grocery stores, business is going very well.

Saves A Lot Manager James Bartlett said, “The parking lot has been full.” He believes it is due to the storm and holiday shoppers.

National Grid is getting prepared for the outcome of the storm. Due to anticipated snow, it is gearing up for possible electric service interruptions.

Additional crews are secured and ready to be deployed to key areas in the event weather is severe enough to cause outages.

Everyone is encouraged to stay indoors, and if you have to travel, then drive according to the road conditions.