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Published March 06, 2013, 10:32 AM

Moorhead crews exceed goal in latest snow clean-up effort

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) – Twelve hours; that was the goal the city of Moorhead made to clear snow in all of its residential and business areas. This comes after the city was barraged with complaints about snow removal during the last storm. Some neighborhoods waited a day and a half to be dug out.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) – Twelve hours; that was the goal the city of Moorhead made to clear snow in all of its residential and business areas. This comes after the city was barraged with complaints about snow removal during the last storm. Some neighborhoods waited a day and a half to be dug out.

Did crews reach their goal? Not only did they meet it, city plows finished the job ahead of schedule, making sure residents had a clear route to work. Last storm, it took the city 34 hours make an initial pass through all residential areas and business districts. The time it took to clear it away was only a fraction of that.

Lon Keller – Moorhead Resident: "Compared to the first blast we got, it was much better."

Instead of snow filled and ice packed, Moorhead's 210 cul de sacs are completely clear for drivers less than a day after the snow stopped falling.

Michael Redlinger – Moorhead City Manager: "All in all, a real positive effort, and again today, also to be really running ahead of schedule and get the entire town cleaned up in about 8 or 9 hours."

Long Keller: "They were here basically the day after right away, they made their first pass initially and later in the day they came through twice."

These cul de sacs were the major problem spots in storms past. Many homeowners couldn't even make it down their streets, let alone get to work.

Lon Keller: "It took a couple of days for them to even make an initial pass."

But with a smaller snowfall, the removal time was significantly less after the city implemented a new snow clearing strategy complete with more plows driving in tandem and more employees behind the wheel.

Michael Redlinger: "On these smaller events it was good training for these new equipment operators to get behind the wheel and try it out. I think they did a great job and really got ahead of the snow."

Lon Keller: "Sometimes Mother Nature throws too much your way, you can only plan for so much and hopefully Moorhead has got it figure out."

The city had plans to use contractors in the cul de sacs if more snow hit, but public works employees were able to handle all of the work this time around without bringing in outside help.

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