Where Does All the Snow Go?Many folks are asking where the city puts all the snow? It takes crews about two weeks to remove all the snow following a storm like the one we've just had.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
Many folks are asking where the city puts all the snow? It takes crews about two weeks to remove all the snow following a storm like the one we've just had.
During peak times after the storm 200 truckloads of snow are dumped along mill road just north of Grand Forks. It just one of many spots where snow is taken out of the city.
Irvin Olson has been hauling snow from Grand Forks business parking lots for more then 40 years.
Olson: "It snowed about six inches so we have to find a place to dump right now."
He says knowing land owners just outside of town is the key to that. That is where Olson is dumping the snow from Monday's storm. The location is close to where the city of Grand Forks dumps their snow.
Mark Aubol, Streets Superintendent: "The snow is not melting down and shrinking away so it seems like we have so much more."
There is still a lot of room on the seven acre snow dump. Most of this snow is from downtown, the university area and the main streets.
Aubol: "You start losing pavement, you start losing width of the street and the roadways and that becomes a driving issue."
Mike Roufs, Streets Department: "And if we are hauling from the south end it's 7-8 miles one way so it takes a while to get here."
Snow used to be dumped near the river, but because of environmental issues with the salt from the streets, the city acquired this land a few years back.
Roufs: "It gets diluted with the water that melts and it gets filtered through the land before it hits the river."
Only in 2010 and 2009 was the dump ever near capacity. City officials say it is a little late in the year to still be having to haul snow here.
Aubol: "We would like to see it heat up a bit more, were it would shrink the piles down so the visibility is better and we don't have to do the expense of hauling it away."
With the cold march, snow dumping sites might be a around a little longer this year.
Olson: "Quite a bit more snow this year because last year it was 75 above at this time."
And here at the snow dump the snow is some of the last to melt, usually staying around until June.