Safe Driving Through Snow Problems

By: Jaime McCutcheon Email
By: Jaime McCutcheon Email

There is still much plowing and cleaning up to be done around the city. Even though the streets are much improved since the blizzard, there are still hazards remaining and some which are growing. One is city street lanes still blocked by snow and another is those darned potholes.

When it comes to the recent blizzard, Larry Eickhoff of Omaha says, "I think it beats everything except 1975 when we were pretty well snowed in."

And now that the Christmas Day Blizzard has blown through, four days later Eickhoff is still scraping, shoveling and snow blowing. "Now I want to get the other car out of the garage and be able to get into the back."

But the clean up doesn't just continue for Eickhoff. The entire city is still digging out, including the city snow crews. The streets in Eickhoff's neighborhood are still filled with snow and only one lane is cleared.

Eickhoff says, "it's not bad now, once they got one blade width through the street. You may have to back up and let somebody through and so forth."

Even on main city streets lanes are still blocked by snow.

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Gerald Madsen says, "a lot of the lanes are narrowed, especially as you get up to the intersections. If you get to the intersection and you don't have a good line of sight, take your time, edge out there."

Deputy Madsen reminds us headlights on all the time increases our visibility. And we need to remember to use common sense on the roads. "Increase your following distance, use good common sense and drive defensively. Let the other person have a little extra room if you see their lane is narrowing."

But even areas where all the lanes are clear, one hazard just might be unavoidable - potholes. Hitting one of those can cause major damage. But if you can’t miss one, hit it in the safest way possible.

Charlie Graham’s owner Jim Champion says, “step on the brake ahead of time as much as you can, slow down before you hit the pothole. Right before you hit the pothole let off the brake and roll through the pothole, then you don't have the weight of the car up on the front wheel doing damage."

Fred Thole with Omaha Public Works tells Channel 6 News that crews will start fixing potholes at midnight Tuesday, working all through the night. He says those potholes have gotten out of hand and work will continue on them consistently from here on out. As far as clearing those blocked lanes, Thole says that is a slower process and is work that is done mostly at night.

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