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Icy Neighborhood Streets Latest Challenge In Storm Cleanup


It's been nearly a week since a winter storm hammered the Quad Cities. Creating roads packed with snow and high winds making some impassable, just too dangerous to drive on. The clean up on some of those streets is still underway tonight. Because now we're seeing slick spots around town. Neighborhood streets covered with a layer of ice are now the focus. As plow drivers try to break up the layer of ice frozen to the streets. The plows have been scraping up big chunks of ice along the roads, but there's still plenty of ice left for the drivers to clear away. Davenport Public Work's Steve Russell says, "The ice came before the snow, as we removed the snow pack, you get down to the ice so we're putting salt down on certain streets, following up on all the requests for attention." The clean up faces a difficult enemy in the ice on the streets. It's sticking to the roads like glue. Russell says you'll notice it on quieter roads. "The less traveled streets are the worst because we had the ice, the snow pack, and then the heaver streets are used first, and then the residential and then as they go through it, it will stay that way for a little while," says Russell. Plow crews are focusing on those streets, spreading salt to make the ice easier to cleave away with the plow blade. There's  no estimate of how long it will take to clear the roads. Russell hopes for good weather to help the process.

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