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Examiner
  • Blue Springs officials happy with response to storm

  • Blue Springs officials are thankful that residents listened to the early warnings of the winter storm that slammed into the Kansas City area Thursday.

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  • Blue Springs officials are thankful that residents listened to the early warnings of the winter storm that slammed into the Kansas City area Thursday.
    “We have been fortunate,” said Kim Nakahodo, public information officer for the city of Blue Springs. “We think the reduction in traffic has played a big factor into not having to close any of our roads.”
    During Thursday’s storm, Blue Springs received as much as 12 inches in some places. Nakahodo said crews worked first to clear primary roads such as Missouri 7, Adams Dairy Parkway and Pink Hill Road to keep traffic moving. As the snow tapered off during the afternoon, crews were then able to concentrate on second and third priority roads in the city.
    During the height of the snow fall, crews were clearing roads using a tandem plowing process. This is when several snow plows line up across a road to clear a larger area at one time. Nakahodo said as the storm moved out of the area, crews began to break away to clear individual streets curb to curb, rather than just a single path.
    “It has been very helpful that residents are listening and staying off the roads as much as possible,” Nakahodo said. “We are asking that if possible, they try not to park on the streets to allow more room to plow. A lot of employers also let employees go home early, which really helped to reduce the amount of cars that got stuck.”
    Blue Springs road crews, which are made up of public works and parks and recreation employees, are working in 12 hour shifts to get the roads in the city clear. Nakahodo said a challenge with this snow storm is the dryness of the snow.
    “Because this is a drier snow, it is not necessarily staying where we put it,” she said. “We are asking residents to continue staying off the roadways if possible. If they have nowhere to go, then they should really stay home.”
     
     

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