How to Help Plow Crews
The City of Lansing is moving many of its plows to neighborhoods and subdivisions as snow slackens off and major streets are cleared.
"The local street plowing operation will take a couple of days to complete," said Director of Public Service Chad Gamble. "We ask for peoples' patience."
Crews went to work on streets beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday and haven't stopped since, trying to clear more than a foot of snow from the city.
A minimum of 20 crews will work around the clock until streets are clear.
"We want to make sure we don't put too many people on at once because our job is 24/7/365 so we are very careful that we don't overextend ourselves," Gamble said. "But we are asking a lot from our very dedicated staff and they're delivering."
Plow driver Brian Bastian says he doesn't mind working 16-hour shifts to clear snow, even after weeks of wintery weather.
"I mean it's tiring but not physically," he said. "It's mentally tiring. "Eventually it's like running a marathon. It is what it is, you know what I mean? Eventually it's just you run, your body runs."
Drivers say you can help them by keeping your cars off the street -- the city towed 15 cars Sunday. It makes it tough for plows to get through and you risk getting plowed in. Also, don't shovel snow into the street; move it to your lawn instead. And know that plows often make multiple passes on streets.
The city says plowing efforts could take days. Crews may have to readdress major streets if the wind blows snow back into the roads.