Wednesday's Snow Will Add More to Problem Areas for City

By: Jaime McCutcheon Email
By: Jaime McCutcheon Email

Wednesday’s snow is going to fall on top of the piles and mounds of snow already spread across the city. City crews have been working around the clock to clear it, but as many of us know, they haven't gotten to it all yet. We can still find snow masses like the one at 36th and Harney Street all around the city, blocking street lanes. It's obstacles like this making driving more difficult and keeping city crews busy.

Julie Burgess is filling up her car for her next round on Omaha's snowy roads, driving that hasn't been impossible yet. “For me, it hasn’t been so bad. This little car gets around pretty well," says Burgess.

But like most drivers, Burgess is still finding many white obstacles around town, like snow piles at intersections that make driving a little tricky. "It really does. I'm just holding my breath when I make a left-hand turn or a right-hand turn. I sort of have to find my path through the city where I know the intersections have been cleared back and the piles are knocked back far enough."

Then there are those lanes not yet cleared. There's one right by the church where Burgess works. "We've had about a lane and a half, and there has been a lot of kind people who will stop and let you through but there's also been a lot of people who are talking on cell phones, not really paying attention and it's kind of scary."

But Burgess tells Channel 6 News she knows the city crews are working hard to get it all cleared, and Fred Thole with public works affirms that is most definitely the case. It's just those snows piles just can't be scraped.

Thole says, "the snow is frozen and it's deep - very, very deep. And very deep, frozen snow, right now we're just tearing up equipment so it's far more productive to use loaders and snow blowers." Just like we found crews doing Tuesday at 60th and Pacific, opening up the far lane to traffic. With work still remaining from the past two storms, now these crews are gearing up for the next round.

"I think it's going to be a residential issue more than a main street issue. Main streets we can plow fast enough that a lot of the snow will get thrown on top or packed into the side pretty good, but the residentials, every time we pack snow to the side it's going to get more and more narrow,” explains Thole.

He also reminds us to help move things along that we don't blow our snow into the street. Also, dig out our own mailbox so plows can get through without damaging them. And remember, be as patient as we can.

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