Most of the major roads have been plowed at this point, but crews are currently working on plowing residential areas. They’re hoping to have that done by morning.
It was a busy day and night for city crews in Omaha trying to keep the roads clear. There’s been a steady snowfall throughout the day and the heaviest during rush hour. That meant that 100 city workers hit the streets with their plows, the same time as many people were on the roads trying to get home.
The traffic, along with the continued snow and wind, made things difficult for everyone.
Many drivers on their way home witness accidents. Kenneth Jones said, “There was a guy that crashed right into a pole, dead center into the pole. You could tell it was an accident and he couldn't stop in time. You just have to be careful. You have to account for conditions."
Some almost got into an accident themselves. Allen Elsasser said, “I missed a pole by about an inch, my tire tracks are still there."
In Sarpy County there was a similar story. There was slow moving traffic on 84th Street in La Vista. In Bellevue, a car rolled into a ditch on Highway 75 just north of Cornhusker. One person was transported to the hospital.
Snow plow drivers, like Brady Small, tried to do the best they could. “Just mainly traffic is our biggest concern. We have to try and predict what they're going to do next."
Now as the roads finally start to quiet down, the real work begins. Crews will be out all night trying to prepare the roads for tomorrow.
In Omaha they have hired 100 contracted workers to work overnight on roads in residential neighborhoods. That will cost the city around $200,000 to $300,000.