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Crews Prepare For Second Storm Of Week

The second storm of the week is on the way, but for Springfield DPW workers, the last storm is still not over with.

“Everyday there is a little bit of melting which at night is going to turn to ice,” DPW Director Al Chwalek said. “So we are 24 hours, seven days a week we are here and we’ll continue spreading until the roads are completely dry again.”

The Wednesday into Thursday storm wasn’t a blockbuster, but Chwalek says it continues pose problems.

“Yesterday’s storm was incredibly wet and then it just poured afterwards so every single road was wet and as soon as the sun went down everything froze, so that’s the worst circumstance you could have,” he said.

Because it’s early in the year, there’s manpower, money, and mounds of sand to go around. Crews will start using it when a quarter inch of snow accumulates and then plows hit the road. Still, Chwalek says he’d prefer them to be totally dry from the last storm before the next flakes begin to fall.

“I don’t like the storms period, so I like them spread out like a year from each other,” he said. “We’ll see what mother nature brings us and we’ll just deal with it.”

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