Omaha home-based business homeowners have 24 hours to clear sidewalks

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The city of Omaha has put homeowners and businesses on alert to clear sidewalks before Thursday.

According to a city spokeswoman, snow removal from the city officially ended at 6 a.m. on Wednesday. Home and business owners now have a 24-hour period to clear snow and ice from sidewalks next to or around their homes and businesses.

Nina Austin is busy in her neighborhood, using her shovel to fight what she thinks the snowplows will leave behind.

“I’ll clear my driveway and make sure we don’t get tumbled back in when the plows finally come through,” Austin said. “And to make sure that my neighbors can walk back and forth safely.”

Omaha’s urban engineer Todd Pfitzer says the crews are doing the cleanup and the way home tonight will be very different than it was yesterday.

“Given the amount of snow we had, when everyone goes home tonight you will see a lot of actually dry roads,” said Pfitzer. “The commute this morning was not slowed by the road conditions, which was encouraging.”

The snow plows that went through Pam Lutterman’s neighborhood made her come outside to work in her driveway.

“I’m just cleaning up what’s left of the plows,” said Lutterman. “It is what it is, so let’s just take care of it and wait for the next snowfall.”

The city plow drivers worked around the clock to clear the snow from the streets of Omaha.

“The guys work incredibly hard, to be honest, I’m just proud of them. You’re in this truck for 12 hour shifts, working 12 on and 12 off until the job is done, ”Pfitzer said. “We do not grant holidays at this time of the year, they do not get out of this duty. They just make it through the holidays and everything else. “

The city’s guidelines for removing snow from sidewalks are listed on the Omaha Public Works website.

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