With the end of winter still a month-and-a-half away, Gardner, Spring Hill and
Edgerton crews have already been tasked with clearing unusually large amounts of snow and ice from area streets.
According to George Amis, observing program leader for the National Weather Service located in Pleasant Hill, Mo., average total accumulation for this area is 20 inches, already in 2011 southwest Johnson County has received around 26 inches.
Tuesday’s blizzard was the third snow event in 2011 attended to by Gardner snow removal crews. Prior to the start of the new year, crews worked two minor icing events in December.
David Greene, Gardner’s public works director, said the most recent blizzard had his crews working round-the-clock starting Tuesday morning and ending with the evening shift on Thursday night. Crews will go back to regular hours starting Friday morning.
“This was a combined effort between our department and the Parks and Rec department,” Greene explained. “We ran 11 trucks during the day shift and at night we ran eight trucks. We used two to three Parks and Rec employees.”
Greene said that the crew was able to attend to all city streets by Wednesday evening and will begin focusing on clearing hike and bike paths towards the city’s arterial streets.
“We want to have those open so when school (re)opens they’ll be ready for (walkers),” he said.
During this storm salt usage was fairly light because salt has little effect when temperatures remain low, Green said.
“On Tuesday put down 25 tons to pre-treat and then we’ve put down 25 tons since then,” Green recalled.
Snowfall in 2011
Snow Event: Jan. 9-11
Snow: 6.5 inches
Salt used: 111 tons
Drivers drove: 3,100 miles
Manpower hours to clear: 296.5
24 hour operations from Monday through Tuesday night
Snow event: Jan. 19-20
Snow: 7.2 inches
Salt used: 60 tons
Drivers drove: 2,200 miles
Manpower hours to clear: 270
24 hour operations from Wednesday through Thursday
Snow Event: Feb. 1-3
Snow: 12 inches
Salt used: 50 tons
Drivers drove: To be determined
Manpower hours to clear: still ongoing at press time
24 hour operations from Tuesday morning through Thursday evening