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Plow Crews Overwhelmed by Columbus Snow, Ice, Slush
COLUMBUS (Chris Vanocur/Kate Liebers) -- Nearly a week after a storm whitewashed Columbus, many residents are still asking the same question: What is this snow still doing on my street?
The city has been attacking the snow and ice with a warm mixture of calcium chloride, beet juice and brine, but the problem goes deeper than a simple layer of ice.
Mixed with more snow and sub-freezing temperatures, then packed down by cars, the ice has lingered longer than usual.
"We're doing the best we can," said Rick Tilton of the Columbus Department of Public Service. "Again, we ask people for patience. We understand the frustration because we travel the same streets they do."
Tilton reported that five trucks from private contractors will join the city's 33 trucks to plow the streets. Crews are expected to be out at least through Tuesday, or as long as needed.
Tilton said that Columbus has about 1,600 lane miles of residential streets, which is slightly larger than the entire city of Dayton.
Follow the Department of Public Service on Facebook and Twitter for updates about the crews' work.
Click the link to read more about how crews are tackling the pothole problems caused by the storms.