La Vista has declared a snow emergency starting at 7 a.m. Thursday. That means all vehicles need to be removed from city streets so the snowplows can get through. The snow emergency will remain in effect until further notice. Elsewhere in Sarpy County, crews are preparing to hit the streets.
There was a lot of activity Wednesday at the southwest maintenance yard in Bellevue, Sarpy County's largest city. Crews were loading up trucks with sand and salt and drivers were getting ready for the long days ahead.
The main streets will be cleared first and if the snow is coming down hard, crews ask you to be patient. “Keep out of the street if you can, stay home if you can when the snow falls at its peak, road conditions aren't very good, just give us some time and we'll get there and we'll get everything cleared,” said Bellevue Street Superintendent Bobby Riggs.
Out in rural Sarpy County, the snow removal equipment is bigger because the task is larger. Crews have to deal with every condition imaginable. The main roads will be cleared first, then it's into subdivisions, rural areas and gravel roads.
“We've got 1,160 miles of roads in our county, about 60 percent of those are gravel, so we do end up having to treat those quite often because of the drifting and we have to provide because some people average two to three miles away from a main arterial,” said Sarpy County’s Dennis Wilson. “Rural areas are just so much more unpredictable, you'll have pockets of areas on our rural roads that just drift like you would not believe."
Papillion city officials are trying to figure out when they will issue a snow emergency.