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Local municipalities work to remove snow after winter storm

Posted at 6:31 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 19:31:25-05

MILWAUKEE — One day after snow pounded southeastern Wisconsin, the cleanup continues. While many roads are clear, much of the snow isn't melting. It's being transported.

"There are, however, times, especially in the downtown area where there is a lot to clean and not a lot of space to put it, so, we have to take it elsewhere,” said Brian DeNeve, spokesperson for Milwaukee Department of Public Works.

The location of the city’s snow dump is undisclosed for concerns over illegal dumping.

Jose Salinas is working to move the snow and he says, in nearly 15 years on the job, this might be a record.

"Last year, I've been dumping in here, but I never seen this kind of a pile,” Salinas said.

Storm Team 4 meteorologist Marisa Woloszyn said melting snow could impact water levels in the area.

"Rivers are still running slightly higher than they normally do because we've had a lot of rain over the last couple of years,” Woloszyn said.

Back on the snowy streets, one of the main goals of the Department of Public Works is making sure the view isn't blocked for drivers and pedestrians.

"We try to be as mindful when it comes to traffic safety, and to make sure there aren't blind spots when it comes to snow in the right of way,” DeNeve said.

The City of Milwaukee also said it's using calcium chloride in a brine mix to treat roads. That mix is said to be more effective in freezing temperatures.

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