Residents Digging Out After Latest Snow Storm

February 25, 2018 07:49 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- People were out clearing sidewalks and driveways after the most recent dump of snow.

Some took on the task solo. As for the Drubaker’s … "Those who shovel together, stay together,” they said. 


While locals worked on pathways, 105 snow plows worked on roads and highways in Southeastern Minnesota. “Three events in one week certainly kept us busy,” said Anne Meyer, a Public Affairs Coordinator for MnDOT District 6.

MnDOT's work is crucial for commuters ... but as plows clear residential areas, snow often piles up on curbsides. That, coupled with the accumulation of snow throughout the season, means fire hydrants can sometimes get buried.

“It’s the property owners’ responsibility to keep that clean,” said Captain Caleb Feine with the Rochester Fire Department. “At least three feet around and then make sure it is open all the way to the street so that we have access to it.”

With people using more heat during the winter months, Feine said they do tend to see more fires. 

The local fire department can find each hydrant on a mapping system. However, if they have to dig one out of a snow pile, precious time is taken away from actually fighting a fire.

Snow isn't the only concern. “With all the thawing and freezing lately, especially here in the late spring, that snow is going to turn into ice,” said Feine. “Snow is a lot easier to move, ice is a lot more difficult."

He hopes residents do their part ... as MnDOT continues to do its part. 

“By Monday morning, drivers should have a pretty clear drive into work or school,” said Meyer. 


Hannah Tiede

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