Oklahoma City residents stock up as winter storm threatens

Oklahoma City area stores were busy Monday as residents bought groceries and supplies such as ice melt and snow shovels to prepare for a winter storm.
BY JENNIFER PALMER jpalmer@opubco.com Published: February 1, 2011
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Residents scrambled Monday to stock up on groceries and supplies as the weather forecast worsened.

Ice melt, sidewalk salt and sand were hot items, and snow shovels were nearly impossible to find. But that didn't stop Norman resident Kip Teygong from looking on the bright side.


He stood in line at the Westlake Ace Hardware on W Britton Road carrying a large sled and wearing a smile.

“I came in for a shovel, but then I thought I'd have fun instead,” he said, noting that the purchase was for his 11-year-old daughter.

Store manager Gary Graham said customers began streaming in as soon as the doors opened. Compared to the storm on Christmas Eve 2009, people were shopping early, he said.

Tubes of sand and bags of ice melt were stacked 4 feet high outside the store, and customers loaded the provisions into their vehicles. Graham said the store sold all of its 100 shovels Monday morning, and driveway salt was running low.

As of midday, customers weren't looking for generators — yet.

“If it's freezing rain, we'll start selling generators. If it's snow, probably not,” he said.

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