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Plows Tackle Branches, Ice, and Heavy Snow Amid Power Outage

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Rain that turned freezing, ice coating trees and bringing down branches, all followed by heavy, wet snow. Widespread power outages topping all of that. 

It created big challenges for the streets department on Wednesday. 

Street lights out forced traffic to treat each one like a stop sign, making plowing very slow work for crews. 

All of the branches brought down by strong winds and ice, coating the branches was one of the top priorities for the streets department. On Wednesday, crews cleared the streets of the debris, but still have to tackle removing the branches from gutters on Thursday. 

The rough conditions made driving difficult, even for the big plows. The chains on the plows' tires slip off frequently, and sometimes, even the plow itself gets detached. These problems both require a trip back to the Streets Department home base for fixing before work continues on the roads. 

Relentless snow on Wednesday meant that crews had to focus on main roads for most of the day. They were able to reach the outlying areas by late afternoon and evening, but the side streets will have to wait until the early morning hours of Thursday. 

This latest storm also means that the pothole fill work completed by the department will largely be undone. 

The department plans to cold-pack the potholes again after the snow melts, and engage in permanent fixes after the weather warms up for good. 


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