City Sizes Up the Snow Removal

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Omaha is assessing the clean-up after our first significant brush with snow this season.

On Wednesday there were still some residential streets in need of plowing.

Part of the reason for that was due to cars that were not moved to the proper side of the street during the snow emergency. That means some of those streets will have to be cleaned again because cars were in the way of snow plows.

City officials did write more than 100 tickets to people who parked on the wrong side of the street.

The Public Works Department’s Austin Rowser said, “Our goal is not to write tickets in an event like that. We want compliance. We want to get people out of the streets so neighborhoods can be as clean as possible. The purpose of having to write tickets is to remind People of the ordinance.”

When cars were out of the way, residential streets got a good cleaning. Phil Whieting gives the city a passing grade.

“I think the city did a good job,” he said. “I don’t think it’s that much snow. It’s not that challenging.”

Traffic on the major streets was moving fine on Wednesday but the blowing snow and the cold temperatures put the city’s garbage collectors about a day behind.

Deffenbaugh says some Thursday materials will be picked up on Friday. Officials say they will work Saturday if necessary to get back on schedule by Monday.

If your normal garbage day is Thursday, you're asked to still put your garbage and recyclables out for Thursday collection and make sure it's visible to the trucks on the street.

The snow means works for all of us. It’s not just for the plow crews. Property owners need to keep their walks clear

Omaha’s Mary Green said, “You know, we have a lot of pedestrians in Dundee, so there's a lot of walkers and it's nice to have the sidewalks clear so it's safe for everyone to walk. So I really appreciate it when people clean their walks."

Jan Springer was getting some help from a neighbor Wednesday. Jan knows it's important that she get her sidewalks and steps clear.

“The city will bill you if you don't,” she said, punctuated with a laugh. “That's their fun thing to do. No, besides, I want to get out. It's a necessity."

Not only can the city fine you, but your mail carrier can choose not to walk onto snow filled sidewalks or climb slick stairs.

Roger Humphries, with the U.S. Postal Service said, “They're going to make a safety judgment. So to help you get your mail, carriers will determine whether it's a safe access or not. If it's safe, we will deliver. If it's not, we'll attempt the next day."

Another thing you can do to help is to make sure any fire hydrants around your house are cleared of snow.


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