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Street crews switch from road work to snow removal

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Street crews across eastern Iowa were forced to switch gears Tuesday morning. While many were already working on road repair projects, Tuesday morning they had to get out the plows and salt spreaders once again to take on winter's last gasp.

For many people this morning's sleet and snow was a painful reminder that winter may not be gone for good. Car accidents littered Highway 218 in Black Hawk County and in Waterloo, snow shovels were once again being used and street crews were forced to change from road repair to snow removal.

"For us to actually salt in the middle of April, it's a little bit strange. I mean it's happened before in my lifetime, in the past 30-something years down here, but it's pretty rare that it happens. One of those rare things this morning," said Waterloo Streets Superintendent, Steve Decker.

This rare occurrence won't last for long, which is good news for street crews getting ready for summer road construction.

"Usually if it comes kind of slow and steady you won't have to worry about the roads, but if it comes quick like it did this morning, things just build up quick. In a couple hours from now you probably won't even know it snowed because most of it will have melted again," said Decker.

The Waterloo Street Department wanted to avoid putting sand down on these roadways because they've already had the street sweepers go through and pick up all of the sand that was put down this past winter. City officials say wouldn't make sense to have to start that work all over.

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