Digging Out After The Snow

With all the cancellations it gave us time to take care of clearing our driveways and sidewalks.

And even though the snow was not a wet, heavy snow there are still some things we need to keep in mind.

Snow removal operations began at first light.

Crews were already removing several inches of show on sidewalks near public buildings.

Steve Holzer works for one of those crews, Superior Green Lawn Care.

"We take care of the Joslyn Art Museum, the police stations as well as the libraries in town," he said.

Holzer prefers a regular plastic shovel over metal.

"They just get destroyed," he said. "They don't work very well for very long. After you shovel all day, you don't want a piece of metal hanging off the bottom of your shovel."

There are a variety of shovels to choose from.

One allows us to push and tilt snow out of the way.

Michael Dixon just got a shovel that's ergonomically designed.

"There's a tremendous difference," he said. "Usually I have the older shovels and stuff but my wife bought me this for my birthday and it's been helping my back. I've been having back problems and getting a little older and stuff and its really been helping."

Even if we're not planning on going anywhere, somebody is planning to visit us so we still need to shovel our walks for mail carriers.

Debbie Griggs had to shovel out to pick up her new snow blower.

"The drive way is an incline and when it drifts it is a whole lot of snow and that's a whole lot of snow to be removing," she said.

She also got a gas can and oil.

Getting the right gas for a snow blower matters.

We can avoid costly repair bills by not using old gas or an ethanol blend. Experts say ethanol blends contain too much water and that can gum up the carburetor.

As for the oil, use one with stabilizer. It keeps the engine clean and helps the machine start easier.

And most important of all...

"I say get out and hit it as many times as you can when its two inches at a time instead of waiting until it piles up," Holzer said. "Then its just a little bit of light exercise and everybody has a good time."

And when we are removing snow from sidewalks and driveways remember to not push the snow into the street.

Property owners must clear sidewalks inside the city limits 24 hours after the city has declared that snow removal operations on the city's major streets are complete.

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