Slush to Ice - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Slush to Ice

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by Phil Prazan

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When we rode along with Des Moines Public Works crews Thursday evening and it was all about the slush.
 
Seventy-five units began work when the snow started after noon.  They cleared the 225 miles of city snow routes constantly.  Afterwards they moved to residential streets.

A snow ordinance for residential streets is in effect now so public works ask you to move your cars off the street.  If you live in the odd/even neighborhoods of town, Friday is an odd day.  If you don't move it, you could join the 2,000 Iowans who already have $35 tickets this winter.

That will make the job easier when they try and get all the ice of the roads and from now on, expect a lot of potholes to form.
 
"Every street has cracks in it. When those cracks have water trickle down through during the day with warming temperatures it sits down there.  Then at night when temperatures go below freezing, it fractures," says Pat Kozitza, Des Moines Public Works Director.

Des Moines Public Works asks you to call them to report new or old potholes at 515-283-4950.

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