Frozen snowpiles pose challenge for Green Island road crews

January 08, 2018 06:38 PM

GREEN ISLAND - The weekend's blast of arctic air created a problem for plow operators in the area. It was so cold that they couldn't clear snow over the weekend.

As of Monday evening, there were still piles of snow off of the street and piles in the street around cars that have not been moved for a while.

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Street crews did a good job plowing the streets when the snow first fell. However, it was too cold over the weekend to do much of anything, including pushing the remaining snow out of the way. With the weather a bit warmer, they're jumping at the chance to push it back.

They are asking people who have left their cars in piles of snow to move them to a clear spot.

"The cold's been challenging. It's been pretty brutal, between fighting the trucks and the weather and the snowbanks," acknowledged Tony Cesare, the DPW commissioner. "But we'll get it done."

"It was very challenging, because normally we declare an emergency at six inches or more and we had about four inches, followed by a deep freeze – which means it doesn't melt. It also means salt doesn't really work that well," pointed out Sean Ward, the executive assistant to the mayor.

The outdoor crews are also trying to clear catch basins in anticipation of some rain.


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