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Plows out in full force in Eau Claire


Eau Claire (WQOW)- Many of you probably spent part of Sunday night or Monday morning digging out.  The city of Eau Claire was no different; calling out plows to clear as much as a foot of snow in many areas.         

The city says it only expected a few inches.  But plows have been working since 8 a.m. Sunday morning, starting with the busy streets in downtown; and the city is doing its best to cope with Mother Nature.

"It definitely makes me happy to see the plows," smiles Brian Ferguson.

Winter has officially arrived here in Eau Claire; at least that's what more than a foot of snow on Sunday would argue.

"We just officially moved to the area a few months ago from southern California so it's a bit of a shock," laughs Ferguson.

"I shoveled my car out four times last night and then this is my first time today," grimaces Robert Kelsall of Eau Claire.

The city had 15 plows out during the day Sunday to clear snow off the busy streets in Eau Claire.  Then it called another 32 workers in at midnight to start the residential plowing.

"We work them in 16 hour shifts," explains Eau Claire Streets Maintenance Manager Steven Thompson.  "Then we ask them to go home and get eight hours rest before we bring them back in."

The phone has been ringing off the hook over at the Eau Claire Streets Department from city residents wondering when their streets will be plowed.

"They've been steady but for the most part, they've been pretty good," Thompson says.  "We got a lot more snow than we had anticipated so it's going to take a little longer.  It's very heavy, very wet snow.  But they are working very hard at it."

"There's a lot to do here and I know they are working hard so I'm sure they will get to us when they can," says Ferguson.

The city says many of its drivers will come back in Monday at midnight to move heavy snow from these streets downtown to a storage area near First Street.  Area residents are responsible for shoveling their own sidewalks. As a reminder, the city expects sidewalks to be cleared 24 hours after the snow stops falling.

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