Road Crews Still Working to Clear Residential Streets
It was a slippery morning commute for many people who travel on secondary roads. Most main roads were clear, but ice and snow still coated most residential streets.
Up to forty people have been working 24-hour days for the City of Lansing's Public Service Department.. "That includes plow truck drivers, salt truck drivers, people plowing sidewalks, mechanics fixing trucks, supervisors coordinating the crews and answering citizens concerns," said Scott House, Interim Deputy Director for Public Service Department.
But even with their entire fleet on the roads, they say they've been having a hard time keeping streets and sidewalks clean. When the snow comes down as quickly as it has the past two days, crews say their goal is just to keep roads open.
"We'd plow a street and then two hours later it'd be snowed back in," said House.
But there is a bit of good news for the people out pushing powder.
"It's pretty fluffy snow. It's not real heavy. A lot of time it'll stick to the snow blade, and it makes the motors work harder," said David Hidy, President of Hidy's Towing and Snowplowing
The City of Lansing has already used about 500 tons of salt, and they estimate that the clean-up for this storm could cost more than $100,000, by the time the last flake falls.
"Have patience out there. The guys are doing the best they can if you see them. Wave to them. They're working hard," said House.