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City: Snow Timing Couldn’t Be Worse

December 4, 2013, 5:52 PM by Shawn Neisteadt

City: Snow Timing Couldn’t Be Worse

The city of Sioux Falls Street Department said it was prepared for the snow and would be ready to clean the streets.  The Wednesday morning commute however, was a tough drive across the city.

Plow drivers spent much of Wednesday focusing on emergency routes as the snow storm blanketed the ground.

"The snow didn't start picking up until four, five o'clock this morning, right during rush hour. It couldn't have been a worse time for me to have a heavy, intense snow coming down," Street Utility Manager Galynn Huber said.

It's that timing, Huber says created the slow morning commute across the city.

"I had 80 pieces of equipment out, that's my full complement. We were running as hard as we can but what happens is it takes me two hours for my equipment to hit the emergency routes and then what we do is we go back around and hit them again," Huber said.

With the snow falling, plus the rush of traffic, it added up to a mess.

"Well, what we were seeing this morning is by the time we got back to hit them the second, third and fourth time, the snow was coming down so intense we were starting to get a snow pack on it, right during that seven to eight o'clock time frame and people were seeing some pretty miserable conditions out there as far as snow pack," Huber said.

As for residential streets, those don't get plowed until the main roads in the city have been covered.  Huber says always remember to get your cars off the streets before the plows come.

That isn't just the law; it also allows crews to cover those streets in less time. That's just one more thing to keep in mind as we start the winter driving season.

"Another thing is, this is truly kind of the first snow. We had a snow earlier but it was warm and kind of melted for us so it wasn't hard to get around on.  But again, everybody has got to get used to the thought pattern of okay, there's snow on the ground now, I need to give myself more time," Huber said.

The Sioux Falls Street Department also issued a snow alert.

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