Mayor says plows are out and trying to stay ahead of storm

Mar 15, 2017

Crews are working around the clock to clean up the roads and sidewalks in Rochester.

Mayor Lovely Warren, joined by Commissioner Norman Jones at the Mount Read Operations Center said they’ve been running plows for both residential and arterial streets as well as sidewalks, with the help of a number of different departments working overtime.

"It is all hands on deck now and we’re pulling from every department. We're pulling from our DES crews, we’re pulling from our police department, all over the place."

Warren said even with the continual snowfall, now at 27 inches over the last 48 hours, they’re doing their best to keep the streets open.

"You don’t want to have a fire happen and our fire trucks can’t get out there or our police cars can’t get to where they need to be. So that’s why we try to stay ahead of it, and run as many runs as we possibly can over this time. We've been able to do that and we ask that people bear with us."

Warren wanted to remind people if they have any issues to call 311, and that the David Gantt R-center will continue to be open for those without power.

Credit Road salt at Mount Read Operations Center

She also wanted to thank city residents for looking after each other and keeping fire hydrants cleared out.

"We have seen people out there helping people shovel out, cars being shoveled out, driveways being shoveled out, just please check on everyone."

The mayor said they ran 3 residential plow runs and 5 shifts of arterial street runs on Wednesday. They plan to do one more sidewalk plow and one more residential run Wednesday evening.

If you’re wondering when your street will be cleared again, the city has a service called Plow Trax that follows the routes of 150 city plows.