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UPDATE: All Main Roads, 90 Percent of Residential Roads Plowed in Duluth

Ryan Juntti
Updated: December 03, 2019 10:35 PM

City of Duluth staff say all main roads, and 90 percent of residential roads have been plowed.

Up until Tuesday afternoon, the roads surrounding the Firelight Inn Bed and Breakfast hadn't been plowed, making for an extended stay for guests.

"I got more than I bargained for," said Rhea Delrosario of Grand Rapids.

For guests, what was supposed to be a one or two day stay turned into a lot more than that. That's because they were waiting for the roads to be plowed, so they could leave.

"We were kind of waiting hour-by-hour. We never really knew when or if we might get out," said Susan Drummond of Golden Valley.

"I've got a business back home that I needed to get back to. I've got clients and patients and co-workers that count on me, and so that's probably been the biggest impact of being stuck here," said Ian Drummond of Golden Valley.

The Drummonds were only planning on staying from Saturday to Sunday. Their stay extended till 1:30 on Tuesday when they were finally plowed out.

And while guests at the Firelight Inn Bed and Breakfast say they enjoyed their stay, they add they feel the city could've handled the situation better.

"I've been in the cities before, and I've seen faster times with the snow being plowed, but this is the like the longest time I've seen with no plows," said Delrosario.

To prevent something like this in the future, Firelight Inn Bed and Breakfast owner Jim Fischer says he wants the city to come up with a contingency plan this year in case there is more bad weather.

"We understand there's a problem. We can see that. We sense it. We are frustrated about it, and everybody in this city is, but what it comes down to, is how is this going to get resolved?" said Fischer.   

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson says the city has the largest snow removal fleet in the state, and "have been utilizing all of our resources." She also says the city will revisit all protocol, but that they are not able to call in any mutual aid from cities because they too are fully deploying their trucks, machines, plows, and staff.    

The city says for areas that have not been plowed, it is likely that cars are parked on either side of the road and says plows cannot access areas without the vehicles being removed.

City officials urge the public to move cars to the odd side of the street if their street has been plowed, or move them to the odd side of the closest road to where they are located.

If cars are buried because of snow, city officials ask that residents make every best effort to move the vehicle in a reasonable amount of time; otherwise, they say enforcement will take place.

The city says they are aware that a couple of remaining areas are in need of attention and say operators will get there by Wednesday morning.  

They will provide updates on the efforts as they are able.


Ryan Juntti

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