As Omahans begin digging out from Saturday's blizzard, Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert says drifting snow continues to be a challenge as we city crews continue to clear streets for safe travel. "Our city crews will remain on the major and secondary streets throughout the day, plowing, treating and pushing drifts out of the way," Stothert says. "Our contractors started at midnight and are making good progress. At this point, they have roughly 1/3 of the routes complete."
She says with 8+ plus inches of snow in many parts of the city, contractors will have a full 24 hours to do this work. "We ask for your patience as these folks work hard to get everything open again. City trucks will likely follow the contract operation with salt late tonight."
Stothert says on major streets, including Dodge to Happy Hollow, Maple Street in Benson and downtown locations, they have plowed to the middle of the street. They expect to start removing that snow Tuesday morning at the earliest.
"Overall, the cleanup is going as expected after a blizzard, or even a little better than expected. Please stay home if you can, and if you must go out, use extreme caution."