People around Eau Claire cleaning up after sloppy and slushy snow

By: Matt Hoffman Email
By: Matt Hoffman Email

The worst of the storm is over, but now people have piles of wet, heavy snow to clear from driveways and sidewalks. Plows are working to clear the roads. The city of Eau Claire is plowing all residential streets now that those crews got to many of the busier streets this morning. The reaction to the snow is mixed among people we talked to.

"Oh I guess we're about due for it aren't we. We've had a pretty nice winter so far," says bus driver Victor Boss.

"Extremely wet and slushy more so than the light fluffy kind which is easier to remove. This is a little more treacherous," says Tony Martin who was shoveling out his dental practice in Eau Claire.

"Bout time it's finally here," says Bob Cerutti who does snow removal in Eau Claire. He was thrilled with the snow after what he calls a lackluster winter. "Yeah definitely could have used a lot more snow. Income has been down....could've been better."

Check out these pictures from up to the north where snowfall totals were around a foot or higher. The heavy, wet snow made it hard for tony martin to even get out of his driveway to go to work.

"My plow guy didn't get to the office this morning, so I’m taking matters into my own hands and taking care of the driveway here," says Martin. Cerutti explains how the wet snow affects his equipment, "it bogs the trucks down pretty good."

Victor Boss says the road conditions were horrible this morning. "Stay home if you can. Stay off the roads until they get them plowed off."

Now that we finally got a real taste of winter, some folks say they can't wait for spring.

"Absolutely, can't come soon enough," says Boss. "I would have to say yes I’ve been ready for winter to be over for some time now even though it's been pretty mild overall. I think we're all pretty ready for that at this point," says Martin.

Because of the heavy, wet snow the city estimates it will not complete all the residential plowing until between 10pm and midnight tonight. Car owners are reminded to park on the odd numbered side of the street beginning at midnight until 7am tomorrow morning.

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  • by Anonymous Location: Eleva on Mar 2, 2012 at 06:01 PM
    In the old days, when they used pour on the salt & sand on snow & ice covered roads, this was enough to take care of the slippery roads for the day, depending on the temperature. Now, they drop a dash of salt here and there and then have to come back a couple of hours later to re plow the stretches that was not treated, even on sunny mild days. Labor & fuel cost should be considered here.
  • by Joe on Feb 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM
    My question to the snow plowing in the city of Eau Claire is. I live on a dead end street and a End Loader comes by with the snow plow raised and when it gets to the turn around it clears it out. Then raises the plow back up and drives away. Now if they are trying to save money plowing the streets why wouldn't they lower the blade to plow the whole street, not just the turn arounds.
  • by N Location: Eau Claire on Feb 29, 2012 at 04:44 PM
    Agree with "EC" , plows just are starting to get to our streets at 6:00 pm Wed. night, but the bike paths through out the city are all cleaned. So glad I had my taxes raised and that the city has their priorities set straight. This city is so screwed up when it comes to clearing streets. My dog is smarter than the city organizing the plow routes. Lets keep supporting the city council that raises taxes then says that there is no money for plowing. How pathetic is this council to make all the big improvements to the city streets, but then to forget "Oh we have winter coming and there is no money left." DAH!!!!!!!
  • by RP Location: EAU CLAIRE on Feb 29, 2012 at 02:19 PM
    All in all I think they did a good job, however, I don't think it's necessary to go full blast and plow snow boulders onto the sidewalk.
  • by EC Location: EAU CLAIRE on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:19 PM
    It amazes me that the bike path on bus. 53 was completly plowed and clear. I get to the Eddy lane intersection and the side roads by Sam Davey and North high were un-touched. If the city wants me to pay a good amount of property tax then at least plow the street, right by the high school, that I live on so I can get to work to pay my property taxes... very un-impressed with the quality of street management in the city.
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      by anon on Feb 29, 2012 at 02:22 PM in reply to EC
      same story here- VERY dissapointed ! Town of washington was all clear for my commute
  • by ANN Location: EC on Feb 29, 2012 at 01:01 PM
    Did you people complaining even watch the weather reports? When I went to bed at 10pm, they were saying 1-2" here through Wednesday at 6pm. How would that warrant a big reaction from the city crew? If they would have put all plows out all niight for 1-2" of snow you would then complain they wasted your money. They really cannot win in this town.
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      by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 03:01 PM in reply to ANN
      When I watched the news at 10:00 they were already reporting 3 inches. It's 5:00 and we still haven't seen a plow on our street.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 1, 2012 at 12:10 PM in reply to ANN
      It was the type of percipitation that made the roads bad so they should of been out there clearing and prepared! No excuses
  • by Jay Location: EC on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:52 PM
    They maybe should try dropping the blade...or adjusting it at least so you don't leave a couple of inches of snow on the road after you plow. But the bike trails were clear...perfect condition. Way to go EC.
  • by Eau Location: Claire on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM
    This is the worst city that I have ever lived in when it comes to clearing the streets of snow. I don't mind the snow, but in this city forget it. It's been a nice winter in eau claire until this snow came.
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      by sandy on Feb 29, 2012 at 02:59 PM in reply to Eau
      No sorry RUSK County is the absolute worse county for plowing.
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        by Anonymous on Feb 29, 2012 at 04:37 PM in reply to sandy
        No, everywhere were I have lived is the worse.
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        by Eau on Mar 1, 2012 at 11:26 AM in reply to sandy
  • by Wow on Feb 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM
    I think they actually did a fine job overall. Although I have to say that they have no clue on how to run that new wing plow they bought.
  • by Tom on Feb 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    The city did a POOR job this time with the type of snow we had. They should have been clearing all snow vs driving by side streets at least once vs letting them pile up. Once I got on the road why would a plow have its blade up off the pavement for any reason? Especially when there is snow in front of the truck. I must say I'm not impressed with snow removal in this part of Wisconsin. My tax dollars not hard at work.
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