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Sulphur Springs braces for round 3 with little resources

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SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) – Larger East Texas cities like Tyler and Longview will break out the city sand trucks at the first sign of trouble.

Some smaller cities in the northwestern counties, where the weather is expected to hit the hardest, don't have that luxury.

Just as remnants of last week's storm started to disappear, Sulphur Springs is now bracing for round three.

City Manager Marc Maxwell says with no resources, it's hard to prepare.

"We literally tell people to stay home and put a pot of chili on and just stay home," says Maxwell.

"We don't even have a sand truck! We have a dump truck and we put a little sand on the back, and we send a couple of guys out with shovels and we go to the busiest intersections," Maxwell explained.

Hopkins County Judge Chris Brown says TxDOT will sand overpasses and highways. As for City and County streets, they'll do what they can.

"We keep our road crews on stand-by for trees down," says Judge Brown.

TxDOT says purchasing a large sand truck would cost the city around $125,000.

While the city says it's not in the budget, some residents say it sure would be nice.

"Even if you just use it once a year, it might save somebody's life by sanding the road," says Jimmy Webb.

TxDOT says they have already implemented 12-hour shifts for the northwest counties.

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