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Archive for Thursday, February 3, 2011

Wind chill advisory expires for Douglas County

City extends snow shoveling ordinance deadline

By 11:30 Wednesday morning, city of Lawrence crews had begun clearing residential streets, including this cul-de-sac in east Lawrence. Cul-de-sacs prove especially challenging because of the closely spaced driveways and large street area to clear. This driver rotates his plow blade toward and away from the curb in order to avoid creating windrows, which can be difficult for drivers to navigate over. The driver said they do their best to do that around town, but sometimes, it's just not possible.

February 3, 2011, 12:00 a.m. Updated February 2, 2011, 1:16 p.m.

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The U.S. National Weather Service predicts that Douglas County will see extreme cold Wednesday and Thursday.

The U.S. National Weather Service predicts that Douglas County will see extreme cold Wednesday and Thursday.

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The wind chill advisory for Douglas County has been allowed to expire. Check back with LJWorld.com for any severe weather updates.

6:06 a.m. update

Douglas County remains under a wind chill advisory until 10 a.m. Thursday. The temperature as of 6 a.m. was -13 degrees with a wind chill of -25 degrees.

Expect wind chills from -15 to -23 through the morning hours.

In this weather, exposed skin can suffer from frostbite in a short amount of time. Dress adequately by wearing layers, a hat and gloves to protect yourself from the cold.

9:20 p.m. update

Lawrence continues to recover from the winter storms that rolled through the area the past few days.

With most major streets cleared, city crews began working Wednesday afternoon to treat residential streets in Lawrence. Megan Gilliland, city communications manager, said crews would continue to work their way through local neighborhoods overnight. Contractors have also been brought in to help clear snow accumulation from downtown streets. That process will begin around 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

The wind chill advisory issued by the National Weather Service went into effect at 9 p.m. Wednesday and will remain in effect until 10 a.m. Thursday. Temperatures are currently below zero and aren't expected to get any higher overnight. With wind chill Wednesday, double-digit negative temperatures are likely.

5:39 p.m. update

Lawrence officials were praising residents who heeded their call to stay home during the recent winter storms. Because of that, crews were able to better, and more quickly, clear city streets, Brenna Hawley reports.

The next challenge is where will the city put all the snow it's taken off of certain city streets where it can't be plowed aside — specifically in downtown. Chuck Soules, public works director, said the city was scrambling to find a place for all of it. Some of it will likely end up in a yard near Johnny's Tavern in North Lawrence, plus at the city's street maintenance yard in east Lawrence.

With the snow cleared from most places, however, the T will be able to operate a normal schedule tomorrow.

5:08 p.m. update

KDOT is reporting improved highway conditions in Douglas County. Here are highway conditions as of 2:30 p.m.:

  • Interstate 70 — Wet/Slush
  • Kansas Highway 10 — Spots Snowpacked/Ice
  • Kansas Highway 32 — Wet/Slush
  • U.S. Highway 24 — Spots Snowpacked/Ice
  • U.S. Highway 40 — Spots Snowpacked/Ice
  • U.S. Highway 56 — Spots Snowpacked/Ice
  • U.S. Highway 59 — Spots Snowpacked/Ice

4 p.m. update

Lawrence’s sidewalk snow ordinance will go into effect at 5 p.m. Friday for this storm, but inspectors won’t start looking at complaint locations until 8 a.m. Monday.

Normally the ordinance goes into effect 48 hours after a snowstorm ends, but because of the wind and freezing temperatures, the city pushed back the start of the ordinance. City spokeswoman Megan Gilliland said the city ordinance doesn’t have a provision that specifically allows for an extension of the 48-hour time period, but she said the city believes it has the discretion to extend the time period if weather conditions and other factors warrant it.

Property owners are required to clear sidewalks adjacent to their property.

Complaints about sidewalks not cleared by the 5 p.m. deadline can be called in to 832-7700 or submitted online at www.lawrenceks.org/pds/code_violation.

11:43 a.m. update

We've heard multiple reports that city crews have started plowing residential streets in Lawrence.

If you see a plow, send us a picture!

11:15 a.m. update

The National Weather Service in Topeka reports that Lawrence received 8 inches of snow on Tuesday. The last time the city received that much snow in a single day was Feb. 8, 1980.

In February 1993, Lawrence received 8 inches during a two-day period.

11:04 a.m. update

How does this storm stack up against others? We created an interactive timeline with a few statistics:

  • Top five single-day snow totals in Lawrence history
  • Top five coldest days in Lawrence history
  • Top five single-day snow totals in Lawrence since 1991

View the timeline.

Additionally, we've received some great user-submitted photos from Douglas County residents in the past 24 hours. You can view their photos in our gallery, and submit your photos online here.

We're also adding all of the user-submitted photos to our Facebook page.

7:30 a.m. update

The City of Lawrence announced that transit service, the T, will only operate the paratransit service for medical necessity/dialysis. Both KU on Wheels and Park and Ride will not operate Wednesday.

Lawrence street maintenance crews have finished plowing "Priority 1" streets and are currently plowing secondary streets, according to a press release from the city. Crews expect to begin plowing residential streets Wednesday afternoon.

5:15 a.m. update

Though the worst of the snowfall is over, Douglas County residents now must deal with dangerous wind chills. Wednesday's high will be 11 degrees, but wind chill values are expected to be between -6 and -16.

The current wind chill advisory expires at noon Thursday, but a second wind chill advisory has been issues from 9 p.m. Wednesday until 10 a.m. Thursday. During that time, wind chills could dip as low as -21 degrees in Lawrence.

If you have to travel today, the Kansas Department of Transportation reports that as of 4:30 a.m. most highways in Douglas County were still partly snowpacked:

  • Interstate 70 — Mostly snowpacked/ice
  • Kansas Highway 10 — Partly snowpacked/ice
  • Kansas Highway 32 — Partly snowpacked/ice
  • U.S. Highway 24 — Partly snowpacked/ice
  • U.S. Highway 40 — Partly snowpacked/ice
  • U.S. Highway 56 — Partly snowpacked/ice
  • U.S. Highway 59 — Partly snowpacked/ice

12 a.m. Wednesday update

A major winter storm walloped Lawrence and most of eastern Kansas on Tuesday with several inches of snow and cold temperatures.

And local and state officials discouraged travel as high winds and blowing snow made it difficult for crews to clear streets and roads. Douglas County was under a blizzard warning that expired late Tuesday. A wind chill advisory remains in effect until noon today.

“If people don’t have to go to work, it would probably be better if they just stay home,” said Chuck Soules, Lawrence’s public works director.

Much of Lawrence was shut down Tuesday with Kansas University’s campus and Lawrence public schools closed. City and county offices, banks and other businesses, even Sears, 2727 Iowa, closed early Tuesday as the weather worsened.

KU’s Lawrence and Edwards campuses will be closed again today. It’s the first time since January 2002 that KU has been closed consecutive days for weather.

Owner Jerry Neverve closed his Red Lyon Tavern, 944 Mass., early, meaning the downtown bar was not open for the KU and Texas Tech basketball game Tuesday night. He said that was indicative of how bad the weather was.

“The wind’s blowing. It’s cold,” Neverve said. “It’s no reason to be out.”

Other places kept their doors open as residents and KU students apparently needed something to do.

“They can’t get to work or school, but they can sure make it to the tavern,” said Rick Renfro, owner of Johnny’s Tavern in North Lawrence and Johnny’s West, which he planned to keep open for the game Tuesday night.

Downtown Lawrence was quiet Tuesday except for a few people and those who had to do their best at shoveling sidewalks.

“We’ve got to make sure it’s cleared,” said Chris Miller, who wears many hats at Liberty Hall, 644 Mass., including as a maintenance man.

Road crews had been busy since Sunday night treating streets and roads. The plowing started Tuesday. But city leaders admitted that blowing snow and cold temperatures would make it difficult to get streets cleared.

Soules said crews would concentrate on major streets and likely wouldn’t get to plowing residential streets until Thursday.

No major accidents were reported Tuesday, but several drivers got stuck, especially on hills in Lawrence.

The National Weather Service predicted 10 to 13 inches would have fallen in the Lawrence area by this morning.

Michael Couch, a NWS observing program leader in Topeka, said the bitter cold and low wind chills will stick around into Thursday. Today’s high was predicted to be 10 with a wind child around 18 below zero.

Thursday is supposed to be below freezing as well with a wind chill 20 below zero in the morning. The break in the cold could come Saturday with temperatures in the lower 30s.

“It’s going to be dangerously cold,” Couch said. “Don’t be out if you don’t have to.”

8:37 p.m. Tuesday update

The National Weather Service in Topeka has canceled the blizzard warning for Douglas, Jefferson, Shawnee and Franklin counties.

In it's place, the weather service issued a wind chill advisory, in effect until noon Wednesday.

The blizzard warning continues for area to the east, including Johnson and Leavenworth counties, though it too is expected to end soon and be replaced with a wind chill advisory.

8:10 p.m. Tuesday update

Lawrence crews are continuing plowing operations overnight and hope to have all priority one and two routes in Lawrence treated by morning.

For Tuesday night, though, the city has just one message: Stay inside.

“At this time, I want to strongly encourage everyone to stay home and do not get out unless it is an emergency,” Gilliland said. “Our street crews’ priority is to clear the streets; vehicles that get stuck just create another impediment and we want people to get home and stay home where they are safe.”

At that point, the city will move into residential neighborhoods. According to a statement from city communications manager Megan Gilliland, the city will call on outside contractors and other city departments on Wednesday to help with clearing operations. The city expects to work on downtown and residential streets at some point on Wednesday.

Also, the city said garbage collection would go on as normal on Wednesday, though delays are possible. Crews may have to bypass some areas, but Gilliland said crews would visit those areas on Thursday.

Customers can call in missed areas to (785) 832-3032.

Comments

slvrntrt 3 years, 6 months ago

Harbor Lights was open. I would like it personally thank those responsible for this.

I really think that Lawrence needs to increase the budget for snow removal. There is really no reason that everything couldn't be open tomorrow. I feel bad for west side because nothing is getting done to free those people. Snow happens every single year, how is it that Lawrence can't handle it? Topeka is at 70% usability and they have many more streets than us.

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Boston_Corbett 3 years, 6 months ago

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kernal 3 years, 6 months ago

Watched different news venues on last night and I am impressed by Chicago's ability to keep streets plowed. If these snow storms become a common event in the winter, maybe Lawrence should take a look at adding another plow, or two, to the stable.

One plus for Chicago is they don't have any steep hills as we do.

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parrothead8 3 years, 6 months ago

It's cute how people around here think we have steep hills.

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ralphralph 3 years, 6 months ago

I have memories of my "cute" car sliding down 14th St from La a few years back ... after I had parked, gotten out, locked and slammed the door ... Yikes! Luckily it "nestled" into the car a few yards down the hill.

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conservative 3 years, 6 months ago

We've had significantly more snow the last 2 years. Most years buying additional machinery for snow removal would mean expensive equipment sitting idle.

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gilly 3 years, 6 months ago

Corky, snow melts, and eventually we all die. In the meantime, life needs to be livable, roads and sidewalks need to be cleared of snow and ice, and humans need to be safe as they go about their lives. You, too. Please go read a book. Almost any will do.

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Wendy magillicutty 3 years, 6 months ago

Actually this snow aint gonna melt for awhile.

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blindrabbit 3 years, 6 months ago

All part of the global warming cycle and la nina. Most recent hottest summers; all of the 2000's and especially 2005 and 2010. Snowiest winters in N. America and Europe, and wildly fluctuating weather extremes. Believe it or not!! Of course, all of the nay-sayers have burried their heads in the sand/snow like ostriches. How could science possibly be correct when you have Senator Inhofe of Oklahoma jacking-up the jaws of the right-wing conspiracy talk show hosts. We're all going to eventually heat-up, not due to any biblical event but to us screwing-up the atmosphere. To ease things along and not prolong the agony, let us Kansans build more Holcomb coal burners

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kernal 3 years, 6 months ago

Moocher, I'm just curious. What do you read to get your viewpoints?

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 6 months ago

It's too late; too much damage to our fragile little planet has been done. We've past the opportunity for effectively repairing the catastrophic damage we have done. We will shortly be joining the dinosaurs in extinction on this small devastated sphere. So, let's live it up and enjoy what small time we have left here.

It's too late to revive the environment; it's already in the final death throes. At this point depriving ourselves is pointless and in vain.

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gphawk89 3 years, 6 months ago

Everyone knows it gets colder before it gets warmer. Common sense, right? Kind of like my great-aunt filling ice cube trays with hot water because everyone knows that hot water freezes faster. I believed that one for years, too.

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KEITHMILES05 3 years, 6 months ago

This storm was not as bad as it could have been and the blowing/drifting was a minimum. No reason people can't make it to work.

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kernal 3 years, 6 months ago

Tell that to my neighbors with three to four foot drifts on their sidewalks and driveways! Oh, then there's that two to three foot drift that goes halfway down the block. Wind is still blowing snow around, too.

Oh, wait! You're kidding, aren't you? Ha!

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Kendall Simmons 3 years, 6 months ago

Isn't it amazing how many folks think that, if they don't see a problem or they aren't affected by a problem, there must not be a problem?

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donkeyboy8888 3 years, 6 months ago

Er, any storm is never as bad as it could have been..it could always be worse. Doesn't mean it wasn't bad. main streets in Lawrence were ploughed nicely this morning but many side streets are impassable. Nice attempt to sound holier than though Keith, but you failed quite miserably.

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irvan moore 3 years, 6 months ago

the worst part is when plows do main streets and you can't get accross the piled up snow to get on them, that and the people who leave their cars parked in the street.

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whats_going_on 3 years, 6 months ago

Wow. THIS turned political. Get a gawddam* life, people.

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 6 months ago

Imagine how much more fun it'd be trying to get around in an electric car whose range has been greatly reduced by cold batteries.

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Kendall Simmons 3 years, 6 months ago

A friend of ours drove his diesel VW to Orscheln's this morning to buy some new gloves...and, when he came out, he couldn't get it started! Too cold...even though he'd already had the engine running for about 10 blocks.

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 6 months ago

So, when can we start reporting unshoveled sidewalks to the city?

JOKING!!

Even a zealous supporter of the snow ordinance like myself would expect the city will at least double the 'grace period' of getting all this snow shoveled, or don't start the 'grace period' until every street within the city limits has been cleared.

If you have to go out and walk in this, you should have planned ahead and bought yourself some Eskimo style snowshoes (you know, those things that look like giant tennis rackets.)

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sr80 3 years, 6 months ago

i've got my list of scofflaws and i'm turning them all in.ignorance of the law is no excuse.you people better run and hide!!!!

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PennyBrite 3 years, 6 months ago

how many times are they going to say "we got several inches of snow."?

I'd like to actually know HOW MANY INCHES of snow we received.......

anyone?

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donkeyboy8888 3 years, 6 months ago

Oooops, the editor made an error...says we got several inches of snow. Pretty sure we got a lot more than three inches of snow. I think it was mabye eight or nine inches? Pretty big error to miss I think guys...you might want to fix that.

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donkeyboy8888 3 years, 6 months ago

What planet are you from. Several means three (or approx three)...catch up. You don't describe a snow storm with eight inches with "several". That is totally incorrect.

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kernal 3 years, 6 months ago

I was taught two is a couple, three is a few and four to five is several.

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parrothead8 3 years, 6 months ago

Yup. That's how I learned it. I've never heard of anyone considering "several" to mean three.

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ksjayhawk74 3 years, 6 months ago

Actually Several means 4. A few means 3. A lot means 5. Many means 6. A sh**load means 7. These are all mathematically acceptable terms.

(A couple) x (A few) = (Many)

(several) + (a few) = (a sh**tload)

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sr80 3 years, 6 months ago

actually for you college educated several means seven.several & seven do you see the similarity ???

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Flap Doodle 3 years, 6 months ago

Several is not generally considered to be equal to three, skippy.

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Gene Wallace 3 years, 6 months ago

8 inches and cross-country skis are much better than snowshoes.

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justforfun 3 years, 6 months ago

Sidewalk snow shoveling from what I understand has to be cleared by 8am Friday. This according to previous LJW stories.

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Phil Minkin 3 years, 6 months ago

Was it reported anywhere what the official snowfall amount was?

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kernal 3 years, 6 months ago

A good indication is the regular transit system isn't running today.

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ForThePeople 3 years, 6 months ago

I understand that the folks doing the plowing are working their tails off, but it is very frustrating to find out that residential streets with no hills, and few homes, are getting plowed prior to streets that have hills both directions. This is even more aggravating since they do both cross streets at either end of our street. Really wish there was some rhyme or reason to how they plow residential areas!

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thelonious 3 years, 6 months ago

Lawrence snow removal policy is just plain stupid...so priority 1 streets are done...let's see, my little residential street in Eudora was plowed once in the early afternoon yesterday during the storm, then plowed again about 8:30 this morning. No sanding or salting except when they plowed the first time. When I left for work at 11:00, it was nearly clean. K-10 was clean, and then I hit...Lawrence, where there was a lot of dirty snow and slush on 23rd, and where Mass is still completely snowpacked. So my residential street in Eudora is in better shape than either 23rd street or Mass in Lawrence at 11 am this morning. How is that? I blame the Lawrence policy of just spreading sand and salt until there is at least 3" of snow - what happens is that the early snow gets packed down, then when Lawrence does plow they can't get all of it off, and they are left for several days with main streets that become ice slicks overnight when their sand/salt/slush crud refreezes.

Look, I understand the Lawrence snow removal policy as it relates to residential streets, but when it comes to major arterials or priority 1 streets, if there are a couple of inches of snow and 10 inches coming, they should plow those routes several times during the storm - they will be far better able to clen them up after the storm than they are able to now. I don't know, maybe there is something else going on, but what I do know is what my eyes tell me - whatever it is that Lawrence is/is not doing, it is not working.

Eudora, on the other hand, does an excellent job, especially for a small community with limited resources, as does Douglas County and KDOT. Kudos to Eudora and Douglas County and KDOT, and raspberries to the City of Lawrence!

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CrystalKU 3 years, 6 months ago

Is there anywhere that shows when certain streets will be done? I feel like my street is one of the last ones to get plowed, but I don't want to go shovel out my car if the plow is going to come pile snow up behind it again.

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irvan moore 3 years, 6 months ago

wtf? why would you extend the time to shovel sidewalks when they need it the worst? i am a big fan of city employees but the snow removal could stand some improvement, you can't get out of the neighborhoods because of the plowed snow blocking the non priority streets. drive down Kentucky street and look at the cars left in the streets, that's why we need an emergency snow route ordinance. it's a disaster.

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Randall Barnes 3 years, 6 months ago

so now you have till monday morning to have your sidewalks cleaned because the inspector does not work weekends no overtime.

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ohmylawrence 3 years, 6 months ago

I will shovel my walks when they get my street cleared. The last snow we had they said they had all the streets and residential done and mine had not been touched. If my neighbors call me then so be it. I would love to take it to court. I know I wont get turned in because with talking to my neighbors they all feel the same and have not cleaned their sidewalks either.

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uclabruinsfan 3 years, 6 months ago

I'm not shoveling my Sidewalk. I will let it melt and I won't get turned in because my neighbors have better things to do then worry about me not shoveling

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Bobbi Reid 3 years, 6 months ago

Still haven't seen a snowplow at my house in North Lawrence

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PennyBrite 3 years, 6 months ago

a house is for sale on our street by a major Lawrence real estate company-- a bob cat with a shovel on it just showed up to clean the driveway. Unfortunately, he piled all the snow on the sidewalk......

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boxers_or_briefs 3 years, 6 months ago

So instead of going outside to point that out to the bobcat driver (who probably didn't realize that there was a sidewalk) you posted your complaint here instead....

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PennyBrite 3 years, 6 months ago

he definitely knew there was a sidewalk -- both neighbors had cleaned theirs. It was impossible to miss. And no, I wasn't close enough to go out and talk to the driver of the bobcat.

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Mark Jakubauskas 3 years, 6 months ago

Note to city snowplow drivers -

If you're going to be driving down my street ANYWAY, put the darn blade DOWN ! Twice now, they plow a bit on 22nd between Masss and NH, then as soon as they hit 22nd and NH, the blade goes up and the plow goes away ! If ya gotta pass through the neighborhood, plow it !

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thelonious 3 years, 6 months ago

Agreed. Lawrence has the weirdest snow removal policies of anywhere I have ever seen. Wish they would do it like everybody else...

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ksjayhawk74 3 years, 6 months ago

Till Friday to clear the sidewalks? What? I know certain Downtown Lawrence businesses had their sidewalk completely cleared less than 12 hours after the snow stopped falling.

The more you complain about shoveling snow, the harder it gets, literally.

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BobtheBuilder 3 years, 6 months ago

I just want to meet the hot chick jumping over the snow pile in the photograph. Wow, is she smokin hot looking.

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irvan moore 3 years, 6 months ago

the longer you wait to shovel the harder it is. the sun shines on it and it melts and gets heavier so shovel early and often.

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Laura Wilson 3 years, 6 months ago

The snow plow policy confuses me greatly. Somehow my residential street (the map shows it is neither priority one nor two) has become a huge priority. Yes, it's a hill, but that didn't matter last year (or my entire life as my family has owned this house for forty years). It took three or four days to get around to me. Last snow it was plowed TWICE within twelve hours after the snow ended. This snow it was plowed sometime between 5:00 and 11:00 p.m. last night.

Yet the JW said residential plowing started this morning. I don't know if someone on my street bribed the city or just because there's a priority two street six houses up they came down my street by accident or what.

I'd actually prefer they NOT plow until they can figure out a way not to pile it up in my driveway. By last evening enough cars had driven on the street that it was packed down and driveable and I had shoveled one lane out of the drive so I could get out if needed. Luckily I didn't have to get out today as I had to shovel out the end of the driveway and several feet into the street of two feet deep snow and ice from the plow.

If I wake up and they've plowed again, filling up the end of my driveway again, I'm not going to be happy and will end up late to work. Please, plow other residential streets that haven't been touched!

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ForThePeople 3 years, 6 months ago

Yes, please plow our street. They came all the way up the street that intersects in the middle of my street, turned around and went back down the street they had just done, not touching my street at all. I just do not understand the logic...especially when we have hills going up both sides of the street.

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Chris Ogle 3 years, 6 months ago

Our city/county road crews are doing the best they can. Please remember, this amount of snow doesn't occur in our area very often, so our resources are limited... (unlike Chicago for example).

Be patient, and remember it will all be good...... soon

For those wondering...... I don't work for any government entity.

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Carol Bowen 3 years, 6 months ago

We had a power failure yesterday. A workman from the power company was up on our utility pole replacing the transformer. The wind was howling, it was cold, visibility zero. He got the job done. Incredible.

Today, I had to walk a block on a city street to get to the dentist's office for an emergency appointment. The sidewalks near the office had not been cleared at 2 pm today.

The ordinance should require 48 hours after the storm begins. It's a shame folks cannot be responsible for shoveling without an ordinance. We've been on KCMO news at least twice that I am aware of.

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Scruggsy 3 years, 6 months ago

Confuscious say: "Some people would b&*%#@ if they were hung with a new rope."

"Don't plow my street tonight- I just shoveled my driveway".

"When they plow the intersecting street, it leaves a big snowbank on my side street and we can't get out."

"Close school- it's way to dangerous for the kids."

"Why is school closed- I can't get a baby sitter."

////Drinks shot of whiskey, swears off reading LJW posting until spring. But knows he will have to monitor the idiocy anyway.

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jackpot 3 years, 6 months ago

My street drifts on both ends no plow yet. Can get out going downhill getting back is fun. Thanks to the trash crew came in only 1/2 hour later than normal.

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cletus26 3 years, 6 months ago

BIG THUMBS UP TO THE CITY FOR THE JOB, THAT WAS WELL DONE. I DO ENJOY THE SNOW AND THE MANY INCHES THAT FELL. I WOKE THIS MORNING AND OPENED MY BLINDS AND TOOK A VIEW. IT WAS SO PRETTY! SO BEAUTIFUL! THEN I BEGAN LOOKING AT THE PROPERTY WHERE I LIVE AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT SNOW WAS A BIG PILE OF DOG MESS; JUST DISGUSTING. AND THE NEIGHBORS THAT DIDN'T CLEAN IT UP OUGHT TO BE ASHAME OF THEMSELVES. I HAD TO SHARE THAT!!

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jj14 3 years, 6 months ago

Main streets are GREAT (you hardly have to slow down, they are super clear!!) - but got stuck twice on my residential street trying to get off of it! Still awaiting the plow on our residential street in east lawrence.... I keep reading all these stories about how wonderful the streets are plowed in small towns. Makes no sense to me that small towns with less equipment and extremely small budgets manage to do a better job than Lawrence. They need to ask for more money for snow removal - for crying out loud, most of us would be willing to pay a very small tax increase for better snow removal & pothole fixes, I for one would much rather have money go to city services instead of the library expansion. I held my nose and voted for it because it was the right thing to do, but it would never come before snow removal on my list I had to choose.

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brewmaster 3 years, 6 months ago

My goodness, the snow bosses and snow workers in Lawrence can't win regardless of what they do.

Don't plow my street...plow my street first...if you drive on my street then plow it...the streets are horrible...the streets are great...don't shovel the sidewalks...shovel the sidewalks immediately...plow it to the pavement...leave a few inches of snow for traction.

The most snow in a single day since 1980: I think the crews did a fantastic job.

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mr_right_wing 3 years, 6 months ago

Just 'chill' everyone! (It's not hard to do that in this weather!)

Don't let 'cabin fever' get the best of you!

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Take_a_letter_Maria 3 years, 6 months ago

I appreciate the hard work and long hours that the plow operators are putting in this week. I don't even mind having to dig out the driveway after you make your pass. I do have one small complaint though, I would ask that you try harder to get closer than three feet from the curb when you make your passes. Thank you.

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