Rural Residents Dig Out

Just outside the metro, the storm left some drifts, but most roads were open. For those living in the country, just getting to the roads was quite a chore.

After the storm, country living means John Jackson had to clear snow the old-fashioned way near 204th and State streets in western Douglas County. “The gas snow blower quit working.”

They’re hearing that a lot down the road at Plains Equipment. A half-dozen snow thrower pickup orders came in before 9 a.m. Friday. “A cable breaks or something doesn't start quite so good, so quite a few calls this morning so we have to send our team out to pick units up and bring them to the shop,” said Scott Pokorny of Plains Equipment.

Mechanics will work fast to get the snow blowers back and working on sidewalks and driveways.

Douglas County had 40 plows on county roads while private contractors cleared commercial parking lots. “Compared to the last storm in December where everybody wanted to get out, in this storm people stayed put, people weren't going anywhere and we didn't have stranded cars everywhere, so that was nice,” said private plow driver Chad Mackling.

While residents woke up to snow-covered roads, at least the sun gave them a hand in clearing away the snow. “Just a light, dry snow so not bad.”

Plows were expected to make it through all residential county roads by the end of the day Friday. The light wind made this storm easier to deal with in rural areas.

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