Tucson prepares for cold weather with shelter and road carePosted: Updated:
Now that our nights are getting colder-- local agencies are working to reduce various public health hazards that come with lower temps.
Many of the area's homeless can no longer handle dropping temperatures. They're seeking emergency shelter from the Salvation Army.
"Well, Operation Deep Freeze is part of the winter shelter program when it's called into effect is when its 35 degrees or colder or 40 degrees and wet," said Tamara McElwee of the Salvation Army.
The Salvation Army budgets for 30 days of deep freeze ever year. Visitors get a warm place to stay, a hot shower and a meal.
"It is the most difficult and trying thing on a human being," said McElwee
Bill McGrady says chilly nights sleeping on the streets are simply too tough to bare.
"You take whats called a weather blanket it's a type of blanket you can't wash it but you take two or three to cover and one for a mattress," said McGrady.
Visitors not only get a warm place to stay, they also get blankets and winter clothing.
Motorists are also getting some assistance. City of Tucson crews set out monday to spray bridges and over passes with chemicals to prevent ice formation.
"It's pretty much a salt based thing, it puts a film on the surface of the bridge so it doesn't freeze," said Jim Payne of the Tucson Transportation Department.
The spray can help prevent slick roads for about ten days. One driver who has had a close call before is feeling a lot safer.
"My car lost grip on the road and i started swerving all over the road luckily it was early in the morning but it was a really scary experience."
The chemical spray is said to be environmentally safe and crews say it will not cause any damage to your car.