Butler County Times Gazette
  • A second major snowstorm in five days heading our way

  • There may be little or no rest for snowplow drivers and other city departments as another major snowstorm is heading toward the area.
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  • There may be little or no rest for snowplow drivers and other city departments as another major snowstorm is heading toward the area.
    Weather forecasters are calling for snow to begin Monday morning after the morning drive. Accumulations may be nine to fourteen inches or more for the I-35 corridor.
    "We have plenty of salt and sand on hand for the next storm," said El Dorado Public Works Director Brad Meyer. "On Wednesday, we had 700 tons of material. We used about 100 tons during the latest storm. So we have more than enough material available for the next storm."
    Drivers completed plowing all streets curb-to-curb Friday afternoon following one of the biggest snowfalls in a very long time in El Dorado.
    "Within the first 24 hours after the storm stopped, El Dorado Public Works crews had made at least one pass on every street, which is impressive considering the amount of snow," said Meyer.  
    El Dorado city officials will continue to monitor the latest weather forecast.
    When the next storm system arrives and if it brings significant snowfall, it will present further challenges including:
    • The buildup of snow at the end of streets that may impede visibility of oncoming traffic.
    • With up to four feet of snow already at the curbs in some areas, it will be harder to move snow as far back as usual.
    • Crossing at school crosswalks, already blocked by several feet of snow from plowing, may get worse.
    "With the next storm we anticipate driving could be challenging. We ask that people avoid getting out and park their cars off the street," Meyer added.
    "It has been several years since El Dorado has had significant snowfall. Now we are facing two such events in less than a week.
    "The City of El Dorado’s snow and ice plan for plowing streets begins with primary streets and secondary collectors to ensure the movement of emergency vehicles including Police, Fire and EMS. We work hand-in-hand with each to get those vehicles into residential areas when there is an emergency call by immediately dispatching a snowplow to clear the way.
    "We know it is frustrating for everyone, especially when you want to get out. Believe us, our drivers take great pride in making streets safe and clear. We ask for patience and understanding as we work to provide efficient service and ensure the safety of our drivers who are currently working 12-hour shifts until the storms have passed," said Meyer.
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