Some Omaha residents have to salt their own roads
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – Urban snowplow operators won’t be the only ones clearing the streets when the next snowstorm hits.
Some Omaha residents are willing to help out in some of the city’s difficult situations.
When the streets of Omaha are covered in ice and snow, the snow plows move out to clear a path. However, if you live on a large hill it can be difficult for the snow plows to get onto your road.
Trying to climb a smooth hill in a large truck can be difficult, and it can be dangerous to go the other way.
“For a year we had a snow plow driver who was in our area for a long time, and he actually made the mistake of driving down a hill,” said John Klaumann. And he went with the plow through my neighbor’s yard, dropped and tore it open probably about three feet deep. “
The city is helping to cope with the problem by getting help from residents. Upon request, Omaha will bring out a large orange barrel of salt and sand.
Omaha City Engineer Todd Pfitzer said, “On a hill like this, people can go out and spread it themselves. Nine times out of ten, it’s a residential street that doesn’t have thousands of cars driving it every day. “
John Klaumann has been asking for a barrel of salt and sand for about 20 years.
“It works very well, you can tell that my hills are very steep and it saves my neighbors to come up the hill,” said Klaumann.
Jerry Zulfer also has an orange keg in his neighborhood. He says sand and salt help during the cold months of the school year.
“It’s very clever sometimes and we have a school up on the hill,” said Zulfer. Often times, parents have trouble getting up and down the hill and the city has brought out sand barrels in case they get stuck. “
John says the city will refill the keg when the salt and sand run low and spreading sand and salt on steep, snow-covered roads is not for everyone. But he says he doesn’t mind helping urban snowplow drivers who do the lion’s share of the job.
City crews treat residential streets after a snow event that requires stair steps or other conditions.
It’s too late this year to request a salt and sand barrel. The municipal maintenance department accepts inquiries from October 1st to December 1st.
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