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Street Superintendent Commends City Crews for Snow Removal

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Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 1:15 pm | Updated: 7:54 pm, Sat Jun 22, 2013.

Overall, snow cleanup from Sunday’s snowstorm went well, said Jack Brinker, street superintendent.

The spring storm dumped 8 to 10 inches on the Washington area, according to the National Weather Service.

Since the storm was expected, Brinker said crews made sure all of the equipment was ready to go and waited for the flurries to begin.

“We did not treat anything beforehand because temperatures were warmer than last time,” Brinker said. With rain in the forecast before the snow, salt would have been washed away, he added.

Despite the large amount of snow that fell, Brinker said the cleanup was easier than the Feb. 21 snowstorm in which about 2.5 inches of snow, sleet and rain fell.

“The ground temperature was warmer than last time, which helps,” Brinker said.

Crews began spreading salt and cinders at about 8 a.m. Sunday. They worked through the night Sunday and into Monday afternoon touching up areas as needed.

The city used six 2-ton trucks to clear main streets and three 1-ton trucks forside streets, cul-de-sacs and dead-end streets, Brinker said, adding that crews have done well with cleanup.

“I would like to commend all of those who helped,” he said.

Employees from the water, parks and wastewater departments also helped with the snow. Workers were scheduled to work and remained on-call during the storm.

About 400 tons of salt and cinders were spread on city streets, Brinker said.

“I’m happy that it’s over with,” he said. “Hopefully spring is around the corner.”

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