Siouxland experienced some interesting weather this week
By Sarah Te Slaa, Multimedia Producer/ Anchor - email
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
Hail, sleet, thunderstorms, and snow. Whatever mother natures brings, city road crews have to clean it up.
Thursday morning's snow was a lot lighter than first expected.
But Sioux City road crews hit the streets when the snow started falling late Wednesday afternoon.
The 3.5 inches of snow the city received is much easier to deal with than what could have come our way.
"It was a very nice surprise," says Brian Fahrendholz with Sioux City Field Offices. "We did prepare for the highest of the forecast and we did have all of our back up plows ready to go, but luckily all we had to do was send out salt spreaders so it went really well for us."
Less snow means less money spent cleaning it up.
Overall for the winter, the city has spent less on winter storm clean-up.
"Even though we've had above average snow falls for this year, which is quite surprising, budgets have been able to be kept down," says Fahrendholz.
The salt, the sand, wages for workers, and the equipment costs, it all adds up.
The city budgeted $1.6 million for snow removal this year.
Not counting this storm, the city spent about $775,000. That's less than half.
"A lot of the excess were seeing in the budget is because we've saved money on supplies we will be spending some of that because we will have to replenish what we don't use," says Fahrendholz.
This winter, most of the snow fell during the week.
That saved the city money in overtime costs.
"If snow falls during the week and snow falls during the day and we can clean it up over night or they can be very expensive if they are on a holiday weekend where we have to incur a lot of overtime costs or if it snow continuously and we have to have people out around the clock," says Fahrendholz.
And the type of snow we've seen also saved some cash. "We haven't had to push a lot of the wet heavy snow multiple times so the wear and tear on the equipment has been less," says Fahrendholz.
Fahrendholz says with the little bit of surplus in the budget, and the sufficient supplies, they'll be able to make it through the rest of the season, even if mother natures brings us another round of winter weather this spring.
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