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Posted on: February 26, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Snow Removal Update

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Current accumulation in Blue Springs is estimated at over 9 inches with snow drifts over 12 inches deep. When wet, heavy snow reaches these depths, the snow removal process becomes very challenging. Crews are also working to clear downed trees caused by the heavy snow, and residents are cautioned not to touch downed power lines and to report them to 1-888-544-4852 (LIGHTKC).

“Crews have made their way through the first and second priority streets and will begin working on third priority roads but be advised that we will need to make multiple passes to clear the roads. We appreciate your patience as the sheer weight of the snow is slowing our plowing efforts,” said City Administrator Eric Johnson. “Snow removal crews will continue to work around the clock to clear the snow from this massive storm.”

Private contractors will begin assisting the City in its snow removal process this afternoon to help us address the 591 cul-de-sacs in Blue Springs. City contractors estimate that it will take 24-30 hours to work their way through the city. These contractors will also be removing snow piles in the middle of cul-de-sac streets created by the snow plowing process. Contractors will lift the snow out of these troubled areas and place the excess snow on resident lawns.

A primary resident concern is the amount of snow that accumulates at the end of driveways after crews have completed the street plowing process. We apologize for the inconvenience, but the windrows are an unavoidable part of the snow removal process.

Officials also warn residents not to allow children to play in the snow piles located in or near the street. Snow plow drivers have limited visibility and cannot see children who have tunneled inside snow piles.

The National Weather Service forecasts indicate another one-half to two more inches of snow overnight. The City of Blue Springs requests that residents refrain from parking on city streets for the duration of the storm. Vehicles parked on streets during severe weather can impede plowing efforts and slow emergency response vehicles.

Updates will be available on the City’s Web site and social media outlets. Residents are encouraged to follow the City on Twitter at or become "fans" of the City's Facebook page at Links to both sites can be found by visiting the City’s Web site at


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