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Published March 19, 2013, 06:58 PM

Snow removal presents unique challenge to rural communities

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - We didn't have that much snow Monday, but with our winds 2 to 4 inches can seem like 2 to 4 feet in open country. Snow removal can be a challenge in rural areas, and plow drivers say by the time they finish clearing a road, part of it has already drifted back in.

By: Katie Lange, WDAY

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - We didn't have that much snow Monday, but with our winds 2 to 4 inches can seem like 2 to 4 feet in open country. Snow removal can be a challenge in rural areas, and plow drivers say by the time they finish clearing a road, part of it has already drifted back in.

Bruce Christmann – Township Supervisor: “A lot of people here know that their neighbor is the one that's helping keep the road open too.”

It's fair to say keeping roadways accessible, is a community effort near Kindred.

Bruce Christmann: “My operator at times, he puts in 15 to 16 hour days or more.”

The rural area is made up of 4 townships: Normana, Davenport, Pleasant and Addison. The catch? Only 2 of the four townships have a snow plow, and all four shares the same motor grader.

Growing, growing and growing. I'm 5'9" and many of these drifts are well over my head, so it's no surprise that when it blows these roads become impassable.

Kelly Rorhbeck – Township Resident: “It was really deep. It's hard, like concrete. The wind blew so hard, so it takes a lot of cleaning.”

A lot of heavy pushing - and patience.

Kelly Rorhbeck: “My wife leaves by 7 in the morning, so the plow doesn't come until later in the afternoon. So, I plow a half mile try to keep it open.”

With multiple snow storms hitting the area week after week...

Katie: “Do you ever feel like it never ends?

Kelly Rorhbeck: “It's every other day wind blows and fills in that way and then it blows the other way and fills it back in the other way. It’s been a lot of snow, a lot of hours in the snowblowers.”

And who's to say there won't be more? While the calendar may indicate tomorrow is the first day of Spring, it's anyone’s guess what Old Man Winter has up his sleeve.

Christmann says his crews are asked to clear roads in other areas, like Richland County. It's all because of a lack of snow removal equipment in rural areas.

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