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City snow plows staying busy this winter

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Winter in Utah this year is shaping up to be an unforgettable one for snow plow crews.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Winter in Utah this year is shaping up to be an unforgettable one for snow plow crews.

Three big snow storms, weeks of colder than average temperatures, then that ice storm has city snow plows across the valley having a hard time keeping up.

“It's just been storm after storm after storm and so that gets a bit taxing,” said Rick Graham, Salt Lake's Public Services Director.

Salt Lake City had all of its 45 plows out on the roads Wednesday as a system moved through in the morning. Graham said crews do the best with the resources they have.

“It is what we have and so it's enough,” he said. “You could always do more, we have been at this level for several years.”

It's the busiest winter for plows since 1993 according to Bountiful's plow manager. Gary Blowers said the city's 22 plows are staying on schedule, but he'd always like to see more equipment.

Ogden has 34 plows-- a step up from the 22 the city had five years ago. The public works director says it's making a difference especially in getting streets salted.

Graham said there are no plans to get more plows for Salt Lake City. “You don't build up for storms that come every 10 years,” he said. “You manage them as best you can and you have adequate resources and we have adequate resources.”
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