Contact: Columbia Public Works
Crews began plowing residential streets at 1pm Friday and hope to touch every street by sometime on Sunday. All available resources are being utilized and crews will continue 24-hour operations until every street is plowed.
Crews are now plowing residential streets in every ward. Overnight on Friday and into Saturday morning we have been able to plow 50% of residential streets. Our plan and goal is still on track to have all residential streets plowed by Sunday.
Two points to note - the cold temperatures and hard pack of the snow on some streets made it difficult for the plows to break up the snowpack. We think with sunshine today and temperatures at or slightly above freezing, plow operations will improve; we are still being hampered by vehicles in driving lines on some streets. Please, if at all possible, move vehicles off the roadway and into driveways so our plows can access all streets.
NOTE: As folks begin shoveling their drives, they should scoop snow to the right side of the driveway (as they are facing the street) to avoid having driveways plowed shut.
We are grateful for the patience and spirit of helpfulness that has occurred throughout the community.