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Snow Plows Go Through Residential Streets

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The record snow we've been getting prompted city plows to roll through residential streets for one time.

School administrators say the additional plow will help parents get students to school without complications. KULR-8's Katie Chen went along on a snow plowing route, to see exactly how it's done.

John Ojeda has been working 12- to 14-hour days without much of a break.

"You don't have to work overtime," Ojeda said. "No one's got a gun to your head. But, the bottom line is that is what I was hired for and if it doesn't get done then the community suffers."

The current snow totals of 85.1 inches place us at the 5th snowiest winter on record. Snow plows and trucks fill up, and take the snow to what they call the "snow cemetery" by the airport. Schools are affected too.

"We've had a lot of kids not able to make it to school on time so we've had to push back taking attendance and just being more flexible because it took parents a lot longer time to get their students here," said Stacy Lemelin, Meadowlark Elementary principal.

She said many parents got stuck in the snow after heavy snowfall, and hopes that now the residential roads were plowed, it'll be easier. Residential plowing is not a new idea, but because of the snow we're getting, and the snow we're about to get, Public Works hopes the additional once-over will help eliminate ice ruts, by removing snow before it packs down.

"It's something we thought we would at least take a look at and see if this is something that is going to work a little bit or if it's not and just use it as kind of a testing ground," said Vern Heisler, Billings Public Works deputy director.

Heisler says as more of the budget is used this winter, fewer funds will be available for other projects throughout the year. Public Works also wants to remind people to be careful around crews working in the streets.

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