Archive for Saturday, January 17, 2009

City scrapes off snowfall’s residue

Guthrie Bricker, 5 foreground and his brother Jackson Maher, 9, background at left, shovel off a sidewalk at 2535 Belle Haven St. Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. The boys mother Dacia McCabe Maher is the head of a program at Douglas County Senior Services that provides volunteers to shovel sidewalks for the elderly. There aren't enough volunteers to cover everyone requesting the help so Maher's sons pitched in Friday.

Guthrie Bricker, 5 foreground and his brother Jackson Maher, 9, background at left, shovel off a sidewalk at 2535 Belle Haven St. Friday, Jan. 16, 2009. The boys mother Dacia McCabe Maher is the head of a program at Douglas County Senior Services that provides volunteers to shovel sidewalks for the elderly. There aren't enough volunteers to cover everyone requesting the help so Maher's sons pitched in Friday.

January 17, 2009

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Traffic in Lawrence was a slow going Friday morning as motorists drove on North Second Street. Local roads were slick because of snow that began falling before dawn.

Traffic in Lawrence was a slow going Friday morning as motorists drove on North Second Street. Local roads were slick because of snow that began falling before dawn.

A snowstorm early Friday morning left Lawrence covered with about a half-inch of snow, causing an adventurous rush hour for some motorists.

There were 16 traffic accidents reported between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., according to a Lawrence police spokeswoman. None involved injuries.

Lawrence city workers began treating the streets about 7:30 a.m., city officials said. The city uses a salt-and-sand mix to treat streets and it still has a good supply remaining, thanks to mild weather in November and most of December, a spokeswoman said. The snow started falling about 3:30 a.m., and ended about 9:30 a.m.

Lawrence has a new snow shoveling ordinance in effect. Homeowners are required to clear their sidewalks within 48 hours after a snow storm. Anyone who doesn’t comply could be ticketed. No warnings are issued.

Douglas County Senior Services is looking for snow-shoveling volunteers to participate in a program to clear sidewalks for the elderly and people with disabilities. There are nearly 50 people on the list and not enough volunteers to cover all of them, program manager Dacia McCabe Maher said. At least 15 more volunteers are needed.

To volunteer, call 832-3338, or go online to lawrenceks.org/safe_winter_walkways.

No snow is in the forecast for several days, 6News meteorologist Matt Elwell said. Today the temperature should reach a high of 41 and on Sunday, 38 degrees, he said. Lawrence will experience a warm-up next week, with temperatures in the mid-50s, Elwell said.

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