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Published January 03, 2011, 06:09 PM

Both GF & EGF City Plowing Almost Done

City streets in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are cleared from the weekend snow, but while the roads might be clear, the piles of snow are very high.

City streets in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are cleared from the weekend snow. While the roads might be clear, the piles of snow are very high. Now that the threat of severe winter weather has passed at least for a while, officials in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks hope to have all those snow piles knocked down by the middle of this week.

"So we are really in a maintenance mode now and moving piles and making sure we can get those allies opened up," said John Wachter, East Grand Forks Streets Superintendent.

"There is a lot of snow that has to knocked down on different corners and cleaned up and a lot of approaches need to be opened," said Grand Forks Streets Superintendent Mark Aubol said.

The wind and blowing snow the area saw over the weekend caused city crews to work straight though the holiday to keep roads open.

"Every time you have a snowfall with that kind of wind behind it, whether its 2-3 inches or 8-10 inches, you're going to have considerable drifting and we're going to have issues with it," said Aubol.

But snow drifts weren't the only problem. Cars left on city streets and people snowblowing into streets make more work for plow drivers.

"If we see it in an area I will go talk to the homeowners in that area and we'll see if there is something that we can do better to help them as opposed to throwing snow back into the street after we just come through," said Wachter.

Crews hope to have snowbanks knocked down at major intersections by Wednesday to keep the line of sight clear for drivers.

For parked cars, both cities say you can be fined around $50 depending if your vehicle needs to be towed.

In Grand Forks, you can be fined up to $500 for blowing snow back into the streets.

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