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Published December 29, 2009, 10:10 PM

East Grand Forks Warns of Hidden Snow Hazards

East Grand Forks Water and Light workers want snow crews to watch out for hidden hazards like buried electrical boxes.

By: Joel Porter, WDAZ

Crews are continuing to remove several feet of snow from parking lots and driveways and the city of East Grand Forks is asking people to watch out for potential hazards.

Yesterday, the operator of a payloader struck an electrical box while moving snow along business highway two.

That caused a power outage for several residents in the point area.

The water and light department is reminding people in town not to pile snow around power boxes and fire hydrants.

"you don't know what's hidden underneath the snowbanks, and it's best just to stay right on the beaten path, not try to push the snow off the beaten path," Water and light distribution foreman Jeff Olson said.

Olson says if an electrical box is struck, it also creates a safety hazard for the operator.

He says all electrical boxes and hydrants should be marked off if they're covered in snow.