Snow Removal Report Card: How Did The City Do?

By: John Chapman, Brian Mastre Email
By: John Chapman, Brian Mastre Email

The report cards are out and overall the city of Omaha is getting a pretty good grade for its clean-up effort from the storm. Most of the praise has come from residential areas.

The plows actually rolled through some neighborhoods a little early, late Thursday night and Friday morning, thanks to good planning, hard work and some luck.

"Less snow, less wind than expected and we had our full compliment of trucks and contractors out there, things worked out pretty well," said the city's Scott McIntyre. “The main streets are kind of breaking up, they are wet and slushy but drivable and I think by this afternoon's commute we're gonna be getting around pretty well."

Richard Hughes was blowing snow off his driveway. He believes the city did a good job. “Obviously on the main drags they did a pretty good job. Side streets, particularly in District 66, it takes 'em awhile. We had a neighbor that did our streets here, turned out great, but I think they're doing as well as can be expected."

Jim Greiss was moving snow the old-fashioned way and thinks the city did a pretty good job getting the snow off of streets in his neighborhood. "The city crews went by around six o'clock. When I came out the roads looked pretty good, getting out of my driveway was a bit of a challenge. I think the side streets are wonderful."

“The city has done a good job of clearing the streets,” said Bill Wilson.

“They did a lot better job cleaning the roads this time than last," said Adam Lafond.

Snow plow drivers still have a little more work to do and there is more snow expected on Sunday. “Yesterday was a full day for most of our people," said McIntyre. Today, tomorrow will be full days. Unfortunately, we've got some snow coming in on Sunday, that's gonna make for some long work days.”

McIntyre said a lot of city workers will put in at least 12 hours a day over a five-to-six-day period.

If your neighborhood still needs to see a plow, contact the Mayor's Hotline at 402-444-5555 or search City of Omaha in the Apps section of your smartphone, and you can send the city a photo of your street.

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