Now that the snow is melting, City of Edmonds Street/Storm Manager Tod Moles had some statistics to share about the work of his crew to keep city roadways safe during this week’s winter storm.
Moles said workers logged just under 200 hours of overtime, as the timing of this week’s snow and ice occurred when four of his crew of 14 were missing due to scheduled vacations or off-site training.
“I’m, once again, very proud and honestly amazed at the work these guys do in some very challenging conditions,” he said. “Because the way this storm developed, we would get to a point where we had control and then the storm would deliver another dose of snow and it was back to zero…over and over again.”
Moles estimates that city workers used 135 tons of sand, more than 2,000 gallons of anti-ice and 30 tons of a salt/sand mix left over from the February 2019 snow storm.
“We have just three plow/sanding trucks and early on in the storm we lost the plow function on one, so that also challenged the guys,” Moles continued. Losing that truck was the only breakdown during the crew’s 24-hour-a-day, four-day response, which he said was “brutal on equipment and people.” He added he was thankful there were no injuries or damage done “other than a bank of mailboxes that we hit. We’ll get that fixed up soon.”
The next task for the crew? Cleaning up with sweepers and vactors. So citizens should wait a week or so before calling with sand complaints, Moles advised.