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City asks for public help in dealing with snowstorm

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

McCOOK, Nebraska -- The City of McCook is asking for the public's help with snow-removal efforts in anticipation of snow expected Wednesday and Wednesday night.

Citizens are asked to remove their vehicles from the streets, particularly from emergency snow routes marked by green emergency snow route signs.

A list of the routes can be found on the city's website, www.cityofmccook.com by clicking on the following prompts: Departments > Public Works > Streets > Emergency Snow Routes.

With the severity of the storm being forecast, the city may have to plow numerous times.

The city is also asking that residents not deposit snow in the streets as not only can it create a driving hazard, but also cause melting snow to dam up and create flooding issues.

City officials are also reminding residents that sidewalks should be cleared of snow within 24 hours of th ecessation of snow.

Members of the public works department expressed their thanks for cooperation and hope that everyone remains safe during this potentially dangerous storm.

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Ditto! I won't deposit the snow from my sidewalk into the street, if you don't deposit the snow from the street onto my sidewalk.

-- Posted by Shock on Tue, Dec 18, 2012, at 7:57 PM

Just put the snow on your lawn. It keeps it off the street, sidewalk and the lawn can use the moisture

-- Posted by dennis on Wed, Dec 19, 2012, at 6:08 PM

and where should the city put the snow from the street in front of your house? just let the city do the street first then move the snow or call and ask them to not clean the street in front of your house. if the city hauled the snow from every street in town think of the added expense. i for one thought they did and outstanding job of snow removal in the middle of a very cold night.

-- Posted by dennis on Fri, Dec 21, 2012, at 1:12 PM

I concur dennis. The streets need to be cleared of snow for safe driving conditions. If the snow must be moved from sight, there would be a truck full from every block. It would be the 4th of July before the streets got were cleared. For goodness sakes people, its not all about you. Do your part to help, which doensn't include complaining that your driveway has snow in front of it.

-- Posted by Sandra M on Wed, Dec 26, 2012, at 6:15 PM

This is a rough calculation, but if McCook is roughly 2 miles X 2 miles, that would equate to approximately 109 linear miles of street (including the golf course, reservation & south mccook), at an average of 25 feet wide, X a 7" snow....., the removal efforts to displace that would be approximately 1/4 of a cubic mile. 1/4 m wide, 1/4 m long, 1/4 mile deep. For a visual of this, supposing the estimate of 14 blocks = a mile, then the pile would be approximately 4.6 blocks long, 4.6 blocks wide and that same area worth as deep. Not taking into account the compaction factor of course but you get the idea. Were would that go now? And how do we manage to dump that last load 4+ blocks high.

Shock, any suggestions? Or would you just prefer to have the snow removed exclusively from your block and that in the path of your intended destination as you travel to the grocery store or doctor or wherever it is that you need to go?

Sandra, I couldn't agree more, its not just about the individuals, and for anyone that complains in regard to the snow piled up, well they obviously haven't sat down and done a comprehensive look and what it takes just to get the emergency routes cleared.

Pretty amazing really.... Its a shame that people don't do the math prior to stating their opinions.

-- Posted by Nick Mercy on Wed, Dec 26, 2012, at 7:01 PM

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