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Kansas City area continues to dig out from blizzard

Posted at 5:28 PM, Nov 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-27 19:18:07-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The sun was once again a welcome sight Tuesday as Kansas City continued to dig out from Sunday's blizzard.

"Trucks have passed through every single neighborhood at this point," city spokesman Chris Hernandez said.

On Tuesday, more than 70 trucks concentrated on residential streets as the 311 call center reopened, fielding more than 500 calls about snowy and icy streets.

"What happened is a lot of the snowpack has bonded to the pavement, so we need a combination of warmer temperatures than what we’ve been able to get and also the salt to get down in there to break it up," Hernandez said.

City crews also continued working to clear sidewalks.    

"Keep in mind that with all code enforcement, it is complaint-driven. So one thing that has to happen is anyone filing a specific complaint about a specific property where someone is clearly not doing that," Hernandez said.

In Raytown, the poor condition of side streets led the school district to cancel classes for another day.

"We factored in safety and that's why we absolutely do try and call as soon as possible letting [parents] know ahead of time so they can make arrangements for care," said Danielle Nixon, a spokeswoman for Raytown Public Schools.

Near Winn Road and College Avenue in the Northland, some residents didn't wait for the city plows to show up.

Lindsay Standfield said her husband and the couple's 73-year-old neighbor broke out their snow blowers to make their street passable.

It was a good lesson of neighbors helping neighbors in the thick of a wintry mess.

"You help people, you do good things for people and you do good things for neighbors. You help your family," Standfield said.

The city said that some crews clearing out private parking lots have pushed the snow onto the streets or sidewalks. Those crews need to pile it in the corner of the lots instead.