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Wintry weather causes 30+ traffic accidents in Dubuque


Dubuque police responded to more than 30 traffic accidents between 3 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Police spokesperson Lt. Scott Baxter said none of those accidents, however, involved reported injuries.

Dubuque's street and sewer maintenance supervisor John Klostermann said as many as 15 plows at one time hit the city's roads.

Throughout the morning, he said, the city's public works department received calls from residents, complaining their street hadn't been cleared yet. Klostermann said he asks for people's patience during snow storms. The city's top priority is plowing the main roads, he said, but that doesn't mean the plows won't eventually get to residential streets.

"During the storm itself, of course, we're tied up to primary and secondary streets because we do want to keep traffic flowing as much as we can," Klostermann said. "Then we'll move into the residential areas. We do plow and treat every street after every storm, so it's just a matter of how long it takes us to get off the primary and secondary streets before you receive service in the residential areas."

He said it's city of Dubuque policy to "stay out until all the streets are plowed and treated," as needed.

The average winter for Dubuque means 43 inches of snowfall and the use of 7,000 tons of salt on the roads, Klostermann said.

A first snowfall around Thanksgiving like this, he said, is right on schedule.

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