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Iowans spend day digging out from snow

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

While the worst of the storm is over, conditions were treacherous much of the day Thursday.  Gusting winds created white out conditions at times. 

Crashes closed sections of I-380, Highway 20, and Shaulis road in Black Hawk County.  Thankfully, no serious injuries or deaths have been reported from accidents in the local area.

While the snow created quite a mess, it is the biggest snowfall almost two years here.  So many people we talked with were pretty happy to have some of this white stuff.

Starting early Thursday morning, shovels, snow plows, and snow blowers were hard at work, beginning the process of clearing out the eight-plus inches of snow that fell in Waterloo.

For those in the business of snow removal, all the white stuff makes for a very long, busy day.

"My guys started at three o'clock in the morning and got us plowed out so customers could come to our store, and I've been out driving the plow from our Waterloo location to our Cedar Falls location and keeping snow blowers stocked at both locations to sell them," said Jeff Bresson, owner of Black Hawk Rental.

It's welcome work since last winter's precipitation was lackluster.

"We've been delivering a lot of snow blowers, and a lot of equipment's been breaking.  So we're fixing equipment for people to get snow removed," Bresson said.

The snow did create a few problems.  Some rural roads were shut down in Black Hawk County.  Car slide offs along major highways were a common sight.  A power pole fell over in Waterloo, which crews were quickly able to repair.

The snow made for a lot of work as home and business owners tried to dig their way out.  Gabe Jordan had to catch his breath after clearing off his driveway.  But he's actually glad to see some snow.

"I was happy because work was canceled so I got to stay home today," Jordan said.

A lot of kids were also thrilled to have a snow day.  Aimee Carroll and her niece Mary took time to build a snowman.

"She was excited to see how much snow there was on the ground and she got off school and here we are!" Carroll said.          

So there was a little delight in the big first punch from old man winter. 

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