‘A challenging cleanup:’ Milwaukee DPW officials prep plow, salt trucks to deploy overnight

MILWAUKEE — With a winter storm warning set to take effect at 9 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27 for all of southeast Wisconsin, continuing until 6 p.m. Monday, officials with the City of Milwaukee’s Department of Public Works spent the day Sunday preparing plow and salt trucks to hit the road overnight.

In a news release, DPW officials noted garbage and recycling collections would be suspended until Thursday, Jan. 31, with sanitation employees deployed to clear snow.

On Sunday, crews were loading salt into trucks and mounting plows — preparing to deploy in the overnight hours.

DPW officials noted in the release “with severity of this winter storm, this will be a challenging cleanup. Even with all our equipment and personnel tackling this it will be difficult, if not impossible, to stay ahead of the storm in our effort to the clear the streets.”

The FOX6 Weather Experts said we could see 7-14 inches of snow with the storm Sunday-Monday.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett’s office Sunday night announced “non-essential City of Milwaukee operations are suspended for Monday,” “to allow our Public Works Department to effectively respond to this weather event.”

CLICK HERE for the latest FOX6 Forecast.

CLICK HERE for more information on winter parking, etc. via the DPW’s website.

Meanwhile, officials with the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office said deputies would be patrolling the Milwaukee County freeway system, assisting motorists and ensuring safety. They asked that everyone review the following information before hitting the road:

  • Remember that excessive speed and following too close contribute to crashes in winter weather. Reduce your speed to match road conditions. Double or even triple your following distance: instead of keeping two car lengths between you and the car in front of you, maintain a following distance of four or even six car lengths.
  • Wear your seatbelt. It’s the law.
  • Make sure that your headlights are on.
  • Slow down and prepare to stop. When stopping your vehicle, don’t wait until the last possible second. Four-wheel drive may help get your vehicle moving, but it doesn’t help you slow down or stop.
  • If you are in a ditch: Turn on your hazard lights, remain in your vehicle, and call 911.
  • If you are in a crash and your vehicle is still drivable: It’s safer to drive off the freeway to the nearest available exit. Once you have removed your vehicle from the freeway, call 911 or MCSO’s non-emergency number, 414-278-4788.
  • If you are in a crash and your vehicle is not movable, or you are injured: Turn on your hazard lights, remain in your vehicle with your seatbelt on, and call 911.
  • If you are in a crash, your vehicle is movable, and you are not injured:  You may self-report a crash using our online reporting system within 24 hours of the incident. CLICK HERE,  and under the Quick Links header, click “Report a Crash or Accident.”
    • Additional temporary locations to report accidents:  Milwaukee Criminal Justice Facility (lobby), the Patrol Substation on Watertown Plank Road, and the Airport Substation at General Mitchell International Airport.
  • Remember to move over for emergency personnel: The Move Over Law requires all drivers to move over or slow down for emergency vehicles and personnel working on the freeway.
  • Be aware that all disabled vehicles must be towed during snow conditions.
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