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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The sledding hill at Bunker Hill Golf Course in Dubuque is full of people using their snow day to sled.

But 15-year-old Tommy Kluesner isn't spending his off day so casually.   He's working to clear five driveways in his neighborhood.

"It's a lot of work," he said.  "It gives you back pains."

He's not alone.  People in Dubuque are working their way out from under a foot of snow that fell over the weekend.

"We've got plenty of removal to do," said Don Vogt, Dubuque's Public Works director.  "I'm sure it will go right through next week at the current rate."

15 city plows alongside a couple of private contractors, are working to clear piles of snow from the downtown area.  Some of those piles rose as high as ten feet.

Those plows will continue to work around the clock, and even through the weekend, Vogt said.

However, more snow in the forecast could delay cleanup efforts.

"We have to shut everything down when it snows and go back to plowing only," Vogt said.

But a little help from the sun Monday helped clear the roads, despite temperatures never getting into the upper teens.

"The sun is a little higher in the sky this time of year," he said.  "It's helped to break up some of that snow pack and some of the roads are opening up nicely.

Cold temperatures will make the roads treacherous as the sun goes down, and Vogt urges patience.

"You have to slow down, and be really aware of everything that's going on around you," he said.

 

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