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NBC 15 Reality Check leads to promise of action from the City of Mobile

(IMG:WPMI) NBC 15 Reality Check leads to promise of action from the City of Mobile

We held state and city leaders accountable for their decision not to salt the roads during last week's winter weather. Instead, road departments used sand. which doesn't melt ice and leaves a big mess behind. The result was at least 90 crashes in the City of Mobile and the closure of 1-10 and 1-65 over two treacherous days on icy roads. Today, city leaders talked about lessons learned.

The mayor's office last week touted it response to the ice, saying workers shoveled "150 tons of recycled sands at 15 locations to clear the streets of Mobile." Today, Mayor Sandy Stimpson acknowledged the use of sand was not effective.

"But we weren't the only ones that did that. ALDOT made the same mistake," said Stimpson.

We showed you how neighboring Harrison County, Mississippi used salt and was able to keep every bridge open. Councilman John Williams said the city's response to the ice was not acceptable and discussed our reporting at the council meeting.

"There was entirely too much ice and we can't let that happen again," said Williams. "Let's do what the northern cities are doing. Let's use salt.. Let's get out and have a strategic plan for the next time."


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