Rapid response

Thanks to all those who pitched in to get the city moving after Tuesday’s blizzard.

February 3, 2011


Traffic wasn’t moving very fast around Lawrence Wednesday morning, but the fact that it was moving at all is a credit to the efforts of city road crews.

Although residential streets hadn’t been plowed, major routes, as well as many secondary routes, were clear by midmorning. It was no small task after Mother Nature dumped 8 inches of blowing snow on the city on Tuesday. By noon, crews reportedly were starting to plow secondary streets.

The city’s sanitation crews also deserve a pat on the back. Even on the unplowed residential streets, city trash trucks were making their rounds Wednesday morning, sometimes offering a friendly wave to residents out shoveling snow.

Speaking of shoveling, let’s also give a hand to all the people who didn’t wait 48 hours after Tuesday’s snowfall to clear their sidewalks — and perhaps give their neighbors a hand doing the same. Especially in Wednesday’s dangerous cold, those who pitched in to help deserve the gratitude not only of their neighbors but the community as a whole.

A snow like the one that hit Lawrence Tuesday certainly slows the community down a bit. It gives us all a little extra time to say thanks to the people who help get the city moving again.


Belinda Rehmer 7 years, 4 months ago

I agree! I got a call from a coworker who was stuck at home (literally) and as we were talking she was watching the trash truck (who arrived on schedule btw) slowly sludging its way through a high drift, rocking back and forth, when one of the guys jumped off the back and ran up the incline to bring the can to the truck! Then SKIPPED back with his empty!

What a great scene! As miserably cold and awful as it was, someone was actually determined to have fun in their job! That's what I call taking lemons and making lemonade! My hat goes off to all those who have worked so hard to make my drives to work uneventful!

Mark Sanders 7 years, 4 months ago

I hear people complaining but what a difficult job. I agree, they do a terrific job!

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