City Crews Plan For Large Friday Snowfall

Press Release

Des Moines, Iowa — Thursday, January 13, 2022 — Crews from five different City Departments are preparing for a long weekend of snow removal.

Employees from Public Works, the Wastewater Reclamation Authority and Parks and Recreation will have 100 pieces of snow removal equipment on the streets of Des Moines as snow hits the city Friday morning.

"We are ready for what could be close to a foot of snow," Public Works Director Jonathan Gano said. "We'll be continuously plowing snow routes during the snow, and quickly move into neighborhoods as soon as the snow stops. With snowfall looking like it might last into Saturday, we may not make it to every street until sometime Sunday afternoon or evening."

With any snow storm this season, Des Moines visitors and residents can track plowing progress and stay prepared for winter weather at or by following @dmdpw on Twitter and Des Moines Public Works on Facebook. Residents may also opt in to receive text alerts by texting DMSNOW to 96000.

Residents will have 48 hours after the snow stops to clear their sidewalks before they could become subject to administrative penalties of at least $75 that increase with repeated violations.

Low-income seniors and disabled persons unable to remove their snow due to physical and/or financial constraints are encouraged to contact United Way 2-1-1 to locate snow removal assistance available to private property owners in Des Moines.

If there are any questions about City snow removal, residents are encouraged to call the 24/7 Public Works Customer Service Center at 515-283-4950.

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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