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Public Works Crews Plowing Snow Overnight


While Sunday's winter storm has been over for a while -- crews from public works will still be out overnight in the Quad Cities working to clear the streets and salt the icy roads.

In Moline, Public Works said after clearing all the main roads, the focus for snow removal turned to residential streets. The departments third shift will once again be out overnight – but this time, working on side streets. The goal is to have all these side streets plowed by tomorrow afternoon as crews continue to work around the clock.

KWQC rode along with one Moline Public Works motor equipment operator, Darrick Calhoun, Sunday as we worked to clear the snow on residential streets.

Even after ten years of plowing for the city, sometimes working 12 or 16-hour shifts like on Sunday,

Calhoun said he still loves a good snow day.

"I just enjoy my job," Calhoun said. "I enjoy plowing snow."

Calhoun was one of about two dozen public works employees out on the roads in Moline Sunday  -- salting the streets and clearing away the snow.

"The biggest challenge right now is all of the parked cars," said Calhoun. "If we get into the residentials when it's heavy like this, it makes it difficult to maneuver because the snow's so wet and heavy."

Even with all the snow -- Calhoun said he didn't witness or hear of as many accidents as he did the last couple of snow falls.

One problem he did encounter a couple times Sunday -- cars getting stuck in the road coming in or out of an icy driveway. Calhoun said it's the thank yous he gets after lending a hand in those situations that make his day.

"One ‘hey thanks we appreciate your job,' that makes it all worthwhile. You know, someone who comes out every once in a while and gives you that ‘hey thanks a lot we really appreciate what you're doing.'"

As crews make their way through side streets, they say they are mostly focused on clearing the roads rather than salting them. So it's important to be aware of this layer of ice under the snow on the street right now if you're heading out in your car.

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