Aberdeen residents dug out from more than a foot of snow Monday as the sounds of shovels scraping and snow blower motors echoed across KELOLAND.
The recent storm dropped more than 13 inches of snow in Aberdeen. The wind caused it to drift much higher in places.
"It's too tall for the snow blower. It's a good three and a half feet tall in some areas," Rod Barr said.
Barr and his wife, Kathy, figured it would take them a few hours to clear all the snow away from their Aberdeen home. Thanks to drifting and plows pushing snow up in their driveway, they had a lot of it to move.
Those plow operators had a chore of their own. Not only was there a lot of snow, it was wet and sticking to streets says Aberdeen Public Works Director Robin Bobzien.
"We need the moisture, but this is a lot to deal with at one time and it's going to take a little bit of time to dig out," Bobzien said.
Many were in the same situation. Four-wheel-drive vehicles joined others spinning their way through snow-packed streets. Crews cleared a bulk of them by evening.
Plows didn’t clear some places in the city, including downtown Aberdeen, until Monday night. But the city sent plows to make one pass through those areas so cars could drive.
The Barrs live on a snow emergency route so they had an open street by morning. Still, with more than a foot of snow, there was plenty to do.
"All I can think of is spring is a month and a half away," Kathy Barr said.
The snow drifts were so tall in some neighborhoods, it was too much for the plows to handle. Crews tackled those areas with large snow blowers.