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City of Waterloo preps for winter

by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Many of us don't want to think about snow yet, but it's not unheard of to get snow in October. In fact, last year Cedar Rapids, Dubuque and Iowa City all saw a trace of snow on October 10th.

October is a transition month for the Waterloo Street Department.

Crews wrap up summer projects like road construction and get started on winter preps. Work is already underway on salt rigs.

Once all the salt rigs are inspected, crews will start work on the plows.

Waterloo Street Department Superintendent Steve Decker said his staff is also out smoothing roads now to help prevent plow damage during the winter.

"Doing some skim work where we catch things that could catch plows will slide up over it and not damage plows so can be more efficient in our operations," said Decker.

Decker said per city snow policy, all equipment must be ready to go by November 1st.

"The last Friday of October we always have a dry run. We put all the plows on and all the salt rigs on. All operators take them out and make sure everything is working right," said Steve Decker.

Salt was ordered in the spring. Decker said Waterloo typically goes through 4,000 to 6,000 tons of salt a winter.

He said when the first snowfall hits, his crews will be out on the roads, sometimes working 16- hour days.

"We budget on a three year average. We've had three bad winters so we're budgeted for a bad winter, but we're hope for better," said Decker.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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