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More than seven inches of snow for Dubuque

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Despite a wintry blast Friday night and Saturday morning, one letter carrier pushed through.

"Neither rain nor snow nor gloom of night," letter carrier Al Buelow started, reciting the phrase often associated with the US Post Office.

Buelow's job is not an easy one after a major snow storm.

"Walking can be tricky," he said, "especially slipping on stairs. You have to watch your footing."

Buelow has a route of more than 360 houses, which he said consists of about 90 percent walking. The rest, he said, he braves in his rear-wheel drive US Postal Service vehicle.

"Not only do you have to exercise your own driving safety, but then there's other people out there," Buelow said. "The first snowfall is always a nightmare, because people seem to forget what they're doing when they're driving in the snow."

Like many things in life, however, it's a matter of perspective.

"Snow's good, right Calla?" Jim Blaine said, holding his four-year-old girl as she nods shyly. "We did some sledding, we're going to build a snowman, so, snow's always fun, I think."

Blaine and Calla spent the morning shoveling, too, but they weren't in a hurry to go anywhere, he said.

For the Blaines, the snow is fun. For Buelow, it's more of a difficulty. For others, however, it can be downright dangerous, as in the case of one driver, who slid into a utility pole on South Grandview Avenue, cracking it in half.

The Dubuque Police Department reminds drivers to carry a cell phone with them, in case of an emergency. Even a cell phone that has no service plan can still call 9-1-1.

UPDATE: The Dubuque Police Department reports from 4 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to 66 crash-related calls for service and the Dubuque County Sheriff's Department responded to 47.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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