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Still clearing rural Dubuque County roads


DUBUQUE COUNTY (KWWL) -- Crews are working this weekend to finish clearing snow off the remaining unplowed roads.

Dubuque County and Iowa Department of Transportation crews are involved, after Governor Branstad issued a disaster declaration Thursday for Dubuque, Cedar and Scott counties, following this week's winter storms.

Rural Dubuque County resident Jerry Arensdorf said he hasn't seen snowy roads this bad since the 1930s.

"It was full right here, and we just kept dragging it out," Arensdorf said, pointing to a spot about midway up his garage door. Snow filled his garage and made its way through cracks into his work shed.

He said he and neighbors couldn't get to their homes for two days after the storms. He lives on Pitz Road just south of the Dubuque Regional Airport. He stayed with his sons in Dubuque during the storms.

Dubuque County engineer Bret Wilkinson said Saturday afternoon no more residents are stuck in their homes. He did say, however, that about 20 percent of county roads are only plowed with one lane and about half of the roads have two lanes that still need widening.

Wilkinson said he hopes to have all Dubuque County roads plowed with two lanes by the end of the weekend. He said crews will likely continue to work for the next two weeks widening all the roads.

Arensdorf wondered about the spring thaw.

"When this starts melting," he said, "get yourself a boat so you can rise with the water."

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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