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North Liberty Crews Work to Keep Up with Snow
NORTH LIBERTY (CBS 2/FOX 28) --
The snow that began falling December 30th in North Liberty and across eastern Iowa is expected to continue into the new year and affects the city's ability to clear snow from streets. The City of North Liberty's crew of seven clears about 76 miles of streets, and keeping up with continuous snowfall could lead to sleep deprived snowplow drivers.
The problem has been compounded by early Midwestern snowstorms, which have already used about a third of North Liberty's sand and salt stockpiles. On Monday night and Tuesday morning, the city's crew of seven used about 125 tons of sand, salt and chemical deicers on North Liberty's roads.
In an effort to allow adequate rest for the city's plow drivers and use supplies efficiently, snow-removal efforts will be focused on main roads, including Highway 965 and Front, Dubuque and Penn streets. When the storm passes, which is expected by Thursday, the crew will work as quickly as they are safely able to clear streets throughout the city
Residents can help by keeping cars off of streets, making them easier and safer to plow. Plows are unable to clear streets with cars parked along both sides. Additionally, residents are reminded that when two inches of snow has accumulated, the city automatically goes under a snow emergency and on-street parking is prohibited.