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Published January 11, 2013, 06:44 PM

Icy sidewalks causing problems for metro residents

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - With a blizzard on the way, the condition our area is in is exactly what state troopers and DOT workers worried about. Rain before falling temperatures left us coated in a sheet of ice.

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - With a blizzard on the way, the condition our area is in is exactly what state troopers and DOT workers worried about. Rain before falling temperatures left us coated in a sheet of ice.

It's so slippery that F-M ambulance had a record number of calls for people falling today -- at one point it was responding to 9 calls at once. It was a tough day for anyone whose job requires walking outside.

A clicking noise is what makes this day bearable for mail carrier Patti Steen. It's her cleats; still these sidewalks and icy roads are adding around 2 hours to today’s shift.

Patti Steen – Mail Carrier Fargo: “The streets are really bad and our little trucks, there's not much weight in them, you have to be really careful."

She says most homeowners are fast to clear snow, but they don't always think about ice. City ordinance states you are responsible for taking care of ice on your property.

Patti Steen: “Salt, sand or anything out there would help us immensely."

The 40 miles of sidewalk at NDSU must look like heaven to a mail carrier - well at least a vacation. It's like a beach on campus. Maintenance employees laid 5 dump trucks worth of sand-salt mix. If only walking to campus was that easy.

Terry Murphy – NDSU Student: "I kind of wish I had ice skates, it's that thin where you could skate to school it'd be faster.”

Todd: “Until you get to school though…”

Terry Murphy: “Yeah and then here it's like the sand is great, there's sand everywhere, you can walk fine on."

F-M ambulance did issue a safety warning because of the high volume of calls today for people slipping. Most of them happened right outside people's homes, and it wasn't bumps and bruises, we’re talking. Some were fractured bones, so watch your step tonight and tomorrow.

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