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People In Northeast Clean Up

January 17, 2014, 6:15 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

People In Northeast Clean Up
ABERDEEN, SD -

It's been a day of cleaning up in the northeast, even though the area didn't get a lot of snow during Thursday’s blizzard.

Aberdeen Public Works Director Robin Bobzien says the city received about a tenth of the snow needed to issue a city-wide snow removal alert. Still, plows and shovels were out Friday.

"I don't like winter; I'm getting to hate it more and more every year," Diane Schmidt said.

With multiple rental properties, Schmidt has been busy this winter keeping sidewalks and driveways clear. Even with little snow falling Thursday, she still had plenty to move Friday thanks to the wind.

City crews cleared snow as well, especially from outlying areas of town.

"There were a lot of areas, including Highway 12, coming through town where we had snow pile up in spots. We had drifting take place," Bobzien said.

Recent warm weather prevented the mess from becoming worse than it was. It melted the top layer of snow before the blizzard hit, creating a crust that kept some of the ground snow in place.

Still, strong wind moved what it could.

"It prevents the whole pile from moving, but yeah there's enough out there, snow depth, that we're getting a little bit of it added to what we had yesterday," Bobzien said.

"The cold is the worst part and when it snows just a little bit several days in a row, it gets pretty exhausting," Schmidt said.

Others are cleaning up a mess beyond snow drifts. We told you Thursday about the wind ripping a guardrail off its posts in northern Brown County. According to the Brown County Emergency Management office, it also ripped a roof off a mobile home in Groton.
 

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