Chippewa valley cleaning up after winter storm

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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) -- This time last year we had no traces of snow on the ground with temperatures in the 60’s. Today, the entire Chippewa Valley was digging out of a March snowfall, wishing spring sunshine was here instead.

My least favorite months is March, because we're kind of sick of it (snow) by then, and we're ready to do more fun things outside. We're ready for sprin,” said Joan Halvorson of Altoona, while digging out her driveway Monday morning.

Tom Hebert, of Altoona, said he is no stranger to March snow. Hebert has been shoveling and snow blowing winter messes for years.

“I've lived in the State for almost 69 years; I'm pretty well used to it (snow),” said Hebert.

Along with many others across the Chippewa Valley Hebert spent a good chunk of his Monday morning picking up heavy, wet snow.

“This is the second time I've done it (cleaned up outside). The first time it took about 40 minutes with the five inches here,” said Hebert.

And after his own driveway, Hebert took his snow blower across the street, to his neighbor Ann's house.

“She (Ann) lives alone, so I try to help her as much as I can,” said Hebert.

“I don't mind mowing the grass as much as plowing the snow,” said Hebert’s next-door neighbor-Lee Haskins.

Knowing that, Hebert made one more stop at Haskin’s place.

“We always help each other,” said Haskins.

“That's what neighbors are for, I guess,” said Hebert.

The latest snowfall we've ever had in Eau Claire is May 13, 1946, with two inches of snow. So it may be a good idea to keep shovels and snow blowers handy just a bit longer.

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