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Plows work to clear snow out of Grand Island, surrounding areas

Published: Jan. 26, 2021 at 10:40 PM CST
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island Streets Department has been hard at work since Monday’s snowfall, clearing roughly eight inches of snow off the city roads. They spent most of Tuesday focusing on residential areas, then the evening clearing downtown again.

While there was a lot of snow and it has taken a while to clear all the roads, the department said they are just thankful it wasn’t too windy. The mild wind helped them clear it much faster than they would’ve been able to otherwise.

“The fact that is wasn’t windy yesterday helped with visibility, which it was not great visibility but it could’ve been a lot worse if it was windy,” Street Supervisor Shannon Callahan told Local4 News. “Here in Grand Island we battle the wind quite a bit, if we were to just have these nice light snows that just came right down our jobs would be a lot easier. We are just grateful that we didn’t have a real gusty windy day yesterday.”

There is currently a parking ban in place for the city to make room for the plows to get through. Cars parked in the downtown areas after 7 p.m. will be ticketed and towed.

“It’s dangerous to be parked on the snow routes at that time,” Callahan said. “There are people who lose control of the vehicle and they can side swipe, it’s easy to catch the rear end of those, including with our plows. These guys are out driving and plowing in not ideal conditions and it’s easy to have accidents if cars are parked in your way.”

Just outside of Grand Island, the Hall County Roads Department has been working to clear roads out in the country as well. Crews spent nearly 12 hours on Tuesday out plowing and making the roads safe to drive.

“We came in early, came in at 4 a.m. this morning because we like to have the snowplows out there clearing the snow on the emergency snow routes because we like to get those clear when people go to work at that 7-7:30 time,” Highway Superintendent Steve Riehle said. “We were able to do that and they kept circling around, then this afternoon we spent clearing things up.”

While the roads do look much clearer after all the plows work, it’s still important to slow down, drive safe and be on alert for black ice and slippery roads.

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