City Plows Move Into Neighborhoods

We're in day three of the first major snow storm of 2011.

What grade would you give the city's snow removal efforts?

Several viewers sent us locations and pictures of areas that have not been plowed.

"I think they're in as good a shape as we can expect for the time of year it is," Bill Orr said.

Some areas that were in need of a plow were already hit by morning.

At 49th and Fort, roads were clear.

Fred Thole of Omaha's Public Works Department said crews were moving in to residential streets today.

We saw several plows in neighborhoods...some even dropping sand after plowing.

Subcontractors got rave reviews in Jean Batenhorst's Dundee neighborhood.

"I thought they did a really good job," she said. "I like the smaller plows in our area because we have a lot of the parked cars and they seem to be able to navigate better in our neighborhood around the cars."

We also noticed several undeveloped streets, circles and cul-de-sacs that had been plowed.

But there were problems. Some people forgot about the snow emergency restrictions for parking on the street.

Thole said that after midnight Tuesday, there is no on street parking in front of odd numbered addresses.

"In years past we've never seen a snow plow so I was happy to see one today," Orr said as he cleans up after plows went through his Maener Meadows neighborhood.

"I'm very happy," he said. "There's been times in the past where I couldn't say that but I think this one went pretty well."

A different story in Bill Hammond's Elkhorn neighborhood.

He hasn't seen a snowplow come down his street at the Fireridge subdivision near 197th and Pacific.

"When we lived in Elkhorn we were basically plowed within 24 hours for the first four years that we lived here," he said.

Hammond said he supported Omaha's annexation of Elkhorn.

Now, he's not so sure.

"This is the norm," he said as he looked at a snow covered street.
"That's basically the problem we have in these kind of subdivisions which have been annexed by Omaha and ignored."

On streets in the Benson Businesses District and in downtown Omaha, snow was pushed into the center lanes.

Thole said they plan to pick up that snow tonight.

Incidentally, Bill Hammond said a snowplow went through his neighborhood after we interviewed him.


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