City Crews Work to Clear Streets after Record April Snowfall

April 16, 2018 06:58 PM

By mid April, most Minnesota cities are expecting to begin their spring operations, not clear away a record snowfall.

In St. Paul, crews were supposed to start spring street sweeping Monday.


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"We did have to transition some equipment back and put the plows back on the trucks," Lisa Hiebert, with St. Paul Public Works, said. 

The plows have been out since Friday in the city, working day and night as the snow fell.

"We absolutely had a lot of snow and the conditions were tough for our plows. The snow is very wet and heavy," Hiebert said.

With roughly 20 inches of snow the streets are still covered, some cars still plowed in, but the city did not tow, partly because their contract expired with one of their tow lots. 

"Thankfully it's the end of the snow season and people are really good and compliant. They know the drill and know to move their cars when we get this much snow," she added.

For those students who enjoyed a mid-April snow day, it was well spent with many others in College Park.

"I know part of loving Minnesota is loving all parts of it, but this part is a little challenging," Julie MacGregor Farris said.

A few parents braved the roads to bring their kids to the sledding hill.

"You've got to move pretty slow and stop far in advance for sure," she said.

Bundled up watching, they have their sights set on real spring weather.

"I can't lie to you, I'm waiting for the 60 degree weather that I saw in the forecast to show up pretty soon, that's for sure," Farris said.

The city says all residential roads have had a once over, and if there are areas of concern that could use some cleaning up because parked cars have left, those can call their 24-hour phone number at 651-266-9700 to give them a location.

As for that spring street sweeping, the city hopes to get to that six-week project started in the next few weeks.


Jessica Miles

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