BURLINGTON -- On Jan. 23, Burlington residents were busy digging out after a storm dumped 8+ inches of snow in the area, and officials were prepared Monday, Feb. 5 as more snow moved across SE Wisconsin.
Ten trucks were out on the roads on Monday evening, and DPW officials said crews wouldn't be stopping for quite some time -- targeting major roads and bridges first, and then residential areas.
Like with any storm, there were some challenges, including a truck that had to be repaired, and quickly. Another challenge -- the bitterly cold temperatures.
"Those lines can break when it's cold, when the equipment has been run hard a couple days in a row. This is a pretty average event. Normally for an event like this we'll start the deployment of about half of the typical snow fleet. For us that's five operators. As the snow progresses and builds in intensity or near the end of the snow event, well call in an additional five units to go into a clean-up phase. This one is challenging because of the cold temperatures. It limits the effectiveness of our salt usage to get roads down to bare pavement," Peter Riggs, Burlington DPW said.
When the snow stops, plows would be out for an additional six to eight hours, officials said.
"This is easy -- just don't drive like a moron," John Herda from Bristol said.