Massive snow conditions call for a big cleanup in Alger County

Published: Nov. 8, 2019 at 6:50 PM EST
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Alger County’s Road Commission is calling Thursday’s snowfall a good introduction to winter.

Yet, some residents have different reactions to Thursday's storm.

"It was like full on winter. It didn't feel like November, it felt like January or February,” said Munising resident, Brad Veneberg.

Fortunately, conditions in Alger County have calmed down since then, but Veneberg says Thursday's snow wasn't anything he expected on his morning drive.

"It was a little bit rough getting to Sault St. Marie. I had to go and scale some logs there yesterday for work, and it took an extra half an hour to get there,” he explained.

This made Veneberg late for work.

"I was stuck behind some semi-trucks. It wasn't horrible, but there was a lot of snow on the roads and when those semi-trucks are in front of you, it's like a wind tunnel,” said Veneberg.

This is extremely dangerous, and why Alger County’s Road Commission was busy all day Thursday and Friday cleaning up Thursday’s snowfall aftermath.

"It's been a good introduction to winter,” said Alger County Road Commission Engineer and Manager, Bob Lindbeck. "We had crews on early in the morning, and around the clock throughout day and then again last night."

The commission says their crew cleaned the heaviest snowfall of about 24 inches in Rumley.

Outside of this area, crew leaders say they cleaned at least one foot to 18 inches of snow in other places.

"We had a number of trucks that have front plows already on, and those front plows are needed once the snow gets six inches or more where that under body blade isn't enough so we had enough trucks that were equipped with the front plows and ready for the snow,” explained Lindbeck.

With winter here to stay, there are several safety reminders drivers should always keep in mind, especially when driving in snowy conditions like yesterday.

"The most important thing for our drivers is realizing their visibility is limited,” stated Lindbeck.

Lindbeck also adds drivers should take it slow and give themselves extra time when dealing in these situations.

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