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The Snow Has Stopped But Cleanup Continues

January 23, 2018 05:53 PM

(ABC 6 News) - While the snow is no longer falling in southeastern Minnesota, crews are still working to clear off area roads.
 
Sgt. Troy Christianson with the Minnesota State Patrol says from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday they were extremely busy dealing with vehicles going off the road. 
 
"We had 153 vehicles go off the road that we responded to. And then we had 30 property damage crashes and 0 injury crashes and then 21 jack-knife semis," said Christianson.
 
Rochester police say 66-year-old Rodney Rustan, of Rochester, died following a crash on 41st Street NW near 16th Ave. Monday morning.
 
Authorities are waiting for autopsy results to see if his death was caused by the crash or something else. 
 
Dan Plizga, with Rochester’s Infrastructure Public Works and Transit Operations Center, says, the type of snowfall is being blamed for many other problems.  
 
"It was so heavy. It was really difficult for the trucks to push. So we tried to do as best as possible,” said Plizga. 
 
The City of Rochester has initiated parking restrictions in downtown Tuesday night so crews can get rid of the snow. 
  
"You'll probably just have to go into the surrounding neighborhoods, which should be clear because we've been out and park there for the night. Or I know some parking ramps you can park in at night too," said Plizga. 

If you live in Rochester and have off-street parking you're asked to move your car so that plows can fully clear city streets; you're also asked to keep any garbage cans waiting for pickup behind the curb line.
 
Tiana Rossow, with the Rochester International Airport, said they're also dealing with snow cleanup and making sure travelers get to their destinations. 
   
"Our air field operations team is out there just as early as they need to be in the morning to get those runways as clear as they can. And they are working all around the clock to really stay on top of it," said Rossow.  

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