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Crews work to clear Iowa City streets

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -- Close to a foot of snow fell overnight in the Iowa City area wreaking havoc on the roadways.

"The streets are very rough, many of the streets have a foot of snow on them, and our teams are trying to get out there and get them cleared," said Carol Sweeting with Iowa City Public Works.

Crews have seen snow drifts up to four feet in some areas, making travel virtually impossible.

"If you don't have to go anywhere then don't.  There isn't anything more important than public safety," Sweeting said.

Some motorists trying to brave the conditions had to abandon their cars during the storm.  City officials are asking people to do everything they can to move their cars from the middle of the road.

The city is offering free parking in its ramps Wednesday for those who need a place to leave their car.  Officials are also asking people to clear snow from fire hydrants.

Road crews are fully-staffed and working feverishly to clear the main city roads and the bus lines so that service can be restored. Iowa City Transit is down until further notice.

Officials say because of blowing snow, it could be sometime before they get to some of the surrounding streets.

Cab driver Nick Amosson was one of the few drivers out on the road through the thick of the storm.  Amosson said he took numerous calls from people in need of a ride all through the early morning hours.

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