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TxDOT crews haul hundreds of tons of salt from ETX to help thaw DFW

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GRAND SALINE, TX (KLTV) -

East Texas roads finally had a chance to thaw out Sunday, after more than two days of freezing temperatures that left many bridges and overpasses covered in ice.

But just down the interstate, the Dallas area continues to struggle with their deep freeze. Now, East Texas TxDOT officials said they are in the process of lending a helping hand to DFW.

Just some of the problems the metroplex has faced over the weekend include massive blocks of melting ice hurdling to the ground from tall buildings, drivers stranded for hours on slick highways, more than 1,000 canceled flights and hundreds of thousands without power.

"We've really dodged a major bullet here in East Texas," said TxDOT's Larry Krantz. "We have had to work, but it hasn't been anything like what's going on to the West. We've sent resources. We've sent men. We've sent equipment. Now we're sending salt."

Krantz said all of TxDOT's Tyler district's larger, 10-yard trucks are on their way to DFW, in addition to contracted trucks. All the crews are in the process of transporting hundreds of tons of salt from the Morton plant in Grand Saline.

"It's obviously in a good location to go to the greater metroplex area," Krantz said. "It's just a matter of getting on Interstate 20, which is reasonably clear, and delivering it to Dallas."

When it's all said and done, about 200 tons of that salt will have made its way from East Texas to DFW.

"You want as much as you can get your hands on, because you don't know when you'll have a shipment again," Krantz said. "Hopefully they don't need it all, but we're happy to do it and we're going to continue to haul, because one day it'll be our district that needs help."

More than twenty TxDOT workers from East Texas have already been helping in the Dallas area since Saturday, working specifically in northern counties that were hardest hit by the winter blast.

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