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Dubuque crews prep for two-part snow storm


DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Road crews were out Monday night clearing the snow, but this may have just been a warm-up for what's to come Tuesday night.

Dubuque is one city forecasted to get dumped on and the story is no different. Dubuque has about 15 trucks, responsible for 300 miles of road, so when you have a forecast like this one, they are prepared to treat each storm separately.

Monday, as the first round fell, we found plows and people out in the elements. What better place to spend a snowy night than at Allison-Henderson Park.

"The snow is coming down and they had to shovel the ice before they played," Mark Lorenzen said.

The Dubuque Fighting Saints hit the ice outside for a special snowy scrimmage.

"Keeping track of the puck's a little hard," Lorenzen said.

Meanwhile, keeping track of road conditions is a big job for Public Works Director Don Vogt's fleet of plow drivers.

"At this point in time, what we're trying to do is keep the streets wide enough between storms so that school buses, ambulances, and emergency vehicles can get down some of Dubuque's older narrower streets," Vogt said.

He said December was a busy month for crews in Dubuque; a lot of weekends and holidays, but they're always prepared to get out on the roads especially when snow is in the forecast. In fact, most of them were already out Monday night.

"You fall back to a position where you're just trying to keep some of the really busy streets open no matter what," Vogt said.

And since there are two storms headed to Dubuque, he says they'll be busy overnight, trying to make room for round two.

Back at Allison-Henderson Park, fans had a different plan.

"Just enjoying the hockey game, we try to avoid grocery stores and gas stations and any emergency stores right before a storm," fan Tama-Lea Lorenzen said.

The City of Dubuque also uses traffic light cameras to monitor intersections to tell crews which roads need to be plowed. For them, it's an extra set of eyes on the roads during a storm.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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