Wichitans deal with icy side streets, sidewalks

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It could have been worse. Early Tuesday, Wichita was dealing with ice in some spots, but clear roads in many areas.

“I am going to give a shout out to our city for getting our streets treated,” said Fabian Armendarize,  USD 259 Division director of operations.  “So our conditions were better than some surrounding districts where some kids drive on rural roads.”

Armendarize says he drove the streets at 3 a.m. and his team decided to keep school open for the day.

Delivery drivers who got on the roads early found some slippery conditrions but were thankful the side streets started to clear by noon.

“Slow. Drive slow. Yeah, that’s about the name of the game,” said Randy, a delivery driver. “It was pretty icy, yeah. Still pretty icy.”

Some WSU students decided to go ahead with their physical therapy hands-on learning class even though there were icy patches on sidewalks.

Jordyn Miller was using a wheelchair for 24 hours to gain experience for her classes.

“We get to experience a day with a disability and just see how those people navigate around and the obstacles and barriers they face,” said Miller. “It’s kind of hard. The ice and concrete don’t make it the easiest so that’s kind of a struggle.”

Randy said he deals with it one delivery at a time.

“Some streets, better than others. Just take it slow,” said Randy.

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