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City Crews Prepare For A Challenging Snow Removal Process

UPDATE – Friday, January 15, 2021 – Des Moines Public Works Director Jonathan Gano provided an optimistic update on the snow removal process early Friday afternoon.

"Progress has been much better than anticipated because the snow stopped much earlier than we were expecting," Gano said. "This means that we've already moved into the residential streets which is a process that takes roughly 24 hours. At this point, residents should see a plow by late Saturday morning."

Des Moines residents can track plowing progress and stay prepared for winter weather all season long at DMSnow.org or by following DSM Public Works on Twitter and Des Moines Public Works on Facebook. Residents may also opt in to receive text alerts by texting DMSNOW to 96000.


DES MOINES, IOWA – Thursday, January 14, 2021 – The Des Moines Public Works Department is anticipating tonight’s weather conditions will lead to a very challenging snow removal process over the next few days.

The Public Works Department was not able to spread brine as an anti-icing agent prior to this storm because the first precipitation came down as rain, which would have washed away, and wasted the brine.

“The first layer of snow will also melt, before being covered with more snow,” Public Works Director Jonathan Gano said. “The danger is overnight when that first layer will likely freeze and become ice. We anticipate conditions that will require heavy salting on our snow routes, but residential streets will see some snowpack and potentially icy conditions.”

Officials urge Des Moines residents to use caution on Des Moines roads over the next 24-48 hours.

“When we see a storm like this, we recommend that you stay home if you can stay home,” Des Moines Police Sergeant Paul Parizek said. “Pay attention to the alerts and ordinances that will be released so you can also keep your cars off the roads and our Public Works Department can get the streets plowed quicker to get Des Moines moving again.”

Teaming up with Public Works in tackling the first snowstorm of 2021 are crews from Des Moines Parks and Recreation and the Des Moines Wastewater Reclamation Authority. 

Des Moines residents can track plowing progress and stay prepared for winter weather all season long at DMSnow.org or by following DSM Public Works on Twitter and Des Moines Public Works on Facebook. Residents may also opt in to receive text alerts by texting DMSNOW to 96000.


CONTACT

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057
AMSetka@dmgov.org

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