Crews Called to Clear Streets - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Crews Called to Clear Streets

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By Alex Schuman

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Des Moines work crews did not expect to come into work this weekend.

"It kinda hit us by surprise," said Chuck Burrell, Des Moines Public Works. 

1 1/2 inches of snow started falling on the metro Sunday morning, which made conditions pretty interesting for drivers.

"It was an ice rink," said Gena Adamovicz, who slid into a median trying to get into a Toys R Us.

Des Moines called in 24 drivers, and started spreading salt by late morning. 

"It's actually doing an awesome job on the streets," Burrell said. "It's actually melting the precip as it drops."

They put salt on all the snow routes and at intersections.  By late afternoon, most drivers found the main roads dryer and significantly less slick.

"Traffic seems to be moving at a better pace, and the roads seem to be a lot more cleared off," said Adamovicz.

The city needs two inches of snow on the ground before they bring out the plows, which also means they do not plan to salt any side roads. 

Burrell says people have 48 hours to clear off their sidewalks. 

If your road is slick and you want it taken care of, call Des Moines Public Works at 515-283-4950 to have them come clear your street.

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