Plowing Efforts Affected by Massive Snow Fall

Alejandra Palacios

Snow plow drivers have been on the roads taking on the massive piles of snow affecting everyone's commute. But with almost two feet of snow to tackle, it has been challenging for them to clear it all out right away.

"The amount of snow everywhere was shocking actually, how much came down on that storm. It's the most I've ever seen," said Beau Abrahamson, a plow driver for the City of Duluth.

With over 20 inches of snow hitting the Northland, Abrahamson is working 16 hour shifts to try to clear as much snow as possible.

"It's continually just trying to clear the mains, getting in the residential, and then work in the alleys. This last snowstorm has really been a pain, trying to get the mains open," said Abrahamson.

His route of the day was the Denfeld and Piedmont area. Plow drivers have to repeat their routes several times due to the massive piles. They also have to rely on extra help from graders to help them break down the snow.

"We've been standing behind them. We don't have enough weight and traction to do any substantial stuff with the 20 inches here," said Abrahamson.

Plow drivers have seen the challenges community members and emergency responders have faced with the storm. 

"They're stuck all over, it's crazy. Spinning out, trying to go up hills that are still icy," said Abrahamson.

That's why plow drivers are working on clearing the roads 24/7. They hope the break from the snow for now and the warm temperatures will help get everything plowed sooner. They also ask community members to be patient and help by keeping a safe distance from them.

"Stay back and stay to the side even if you're walking down the street. Also make a spillway in your driveway so it doesn't get filled in as bad," said Abrahamson.

Due to the delay in the snow clean up process from the substantial amount of snow, Kate Van Daele with the City of Duluth said some residential streets won't be plowed until Tuesday.

The City of Duluth provided an update on their Facebook page about the plowing efforts:

"For four days in a row the City has had approximately 40 pieces of equipment working sixteen hour shifts to remove snow. Snow stopped falling approximately 30 hours ago, and Minnesota’s largest grader fleet will continue to work with plows to completely remove snow from city streets and alleys. The City continues to thank residents for their patience while snow removal operations continue."


Alejandra Palacios

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