As snow piles up, where will it all go?

February 14, 2019 05:30 PM

Piles of snow continue to grow around the Twin Cities.

And with more snow in the forecast, finding places to put it is becoming more challenging.


February is supposed to be the least snowy month of the winter, but that's clearly not the case this year.

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In Golden Valley, crews have been busy clearing and removing the 40 inches of snow that have fallen so far this winter. More than half of that total has come just this month.

"With day-after-day of snow and more snow, as soon as we finish plowing, it seems like it's snowing again," said Marshall Beugen, the city's Streets and Vehicle Maintenance Supervisor. "And we have to go plow some more."

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In just the last two days, close to 1,000 truckloads of snow have been dumped in a city park.

Beugen said because of the mild December and January, snow storage isn't a problem yet. But he's going to make sure the city's secondary storage location - a place they haven't used in years - is ready.

"We'll go make sure it's in working order in case we do need to use it," he said.

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In the meantime, work continues to push back and remove as much snow as possible, knowing more is on the way.

And another problem all the snow is causing this year - mailbox damage.

Beugen said the snow, when plowed, goes up and over the existing snow and can take out mailboxes.

Unfortunately, most cities do not replace them due to snow.

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