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Toledo continues cleanup work after weekend snow storm

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The City of Toledo is taking steps to address many concerns that are the result of the recent snowfall and cold weather.

Cleanup crews are out looking for problem areas where snow is piling up on the roads. They say a lot of residents have been calling about residential streets that need a wider path plowed.

"Now it's starting to warm up and it's starting to take the top layer of slow into slush," said David Durham, with the city. "That's what we're out doing here today is mainly pushing the roads back, taking the slush off and making it more drivable."

They are also responding to complaints of drifting snow and street corners where the snow is piled so high it causes visibility issues for drivers.

Efforts are underway to clear not just the local roads but sidewalks, too. Toledo residents are required to clear the path in front of their homes, according to city code, but some people have yet to break out their shovel.

One issue people say they're running into is ice underneath the snow, and the snow has been packed down so tightly they need to chip away at it.

With temperatures rising, school will soon be back in session and things are slowly returning to normal. Whether they're walking to the store, school or work, those who walk in the Glass City need the sidewalks to be as clear as possible.

 "It's been tough because I fell once on the snow," said Cathaline Pritchett. "I got back up and got myself together, but it's been a terrible experience."

The city code requires home and business owners to clear public sidewalks on their property 24 hours after it falls. Those who don't could risk a minor misdemeanor.

As temperatures are expected to rise in the next few days and the forecast calls for rain, the city is being proactive to address possible flooding issues. Officials say residents can help by clearing out drainage system entry points.

Employees with Toledo Sewer and Drainage Services are working on the timely task.

"We have some crews out solely focused on clearing out inlets and salting inlets to prevent them from re-freezing," said Sewer and Drainage Services Commissioner Dave Pratt.

Pratt says many of those entry points are covered with snow and they need to be cleared out.

"Our concern is getting water off the street, making sure the inlets are open along the street edges and trying to get water into those and not pounding on the streets where it could re-freeze or not ending up in people's yards," he said.

He says there's no way crews can get to all of the inlets in the city, so assistance from the residents is needed.

"Especially now before the melt starts and the snow's not super-hard," he said. "If a citizen knows there's an inlet in front of their property or even in an adjacent property."

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