Eau Claire street crews preparing for first snowfall

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) The first measurable snowfall is expected to fall in the Chippewa Valley Tuesday night. After the first flakes melt, it could accumulate and we may need to clean up the sidewalks in some parts of our area.

The City of Eau Claire says it’s prepared to dig out when the snow flies.

City crews say they have been working day and night to get the streets ready for the first snowfall.

Tuesday the city had its fleet of five street sweepers out working to clear leaves from streets and storm drains.

The Eau Claire Street Maintenance Manager says making sure the storm drains are clear before winter is crucial to prevent flooding when the snow melts in spring.

He says through the summer and fall the city has also been working to make sure repairs were made to plow trucks and other winter equipment.

As far as Tuesday night’s snowfall, the city says it has plans in place to get crews on the city streets to salt and clean up after the storm.

“We will have our mainline trucks with a small amount of salt in them based on what we see coming in here and but we don't have any salt brine or any of that material on them now or doing any pretreating. This storm is not the type of storm that you can do any pretreating with the rain before it wouldn't be effective,” street maintenance manager Steve Thompson said.

Thompson says the city of Eau Claire will not do a full plow operation unless there is more than three inches of snow on the ground.

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