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County works on snow piles to avoid flooding

Photo from Department of Public Works

With the forecast calling for warmer weather, local highway departments have been getting an extra jump on snow removal to avoid any flooding. WBFO’s Avery Schneider spoke to Highway Superintendents and brings us this report.

“We started this late last week, opening the receivers. We’re concentrating around the creeks. There’s five areas that flood usually, so we’re making sure that those areas are all wide open," said  Mark Wegner, Cheektowaga’s Highway Superintendent.

Wegner said main and secondary streets in the area are already cleared, with side streets being salted. To ensure there’s no flooding, the town has nearly a dozen pieces of equipment out with operators following marking teams.

“And they have maps with them so they mark in the snow an X so we know where the receiver is and then the bobcats go in with the high-lifts or backhoes and open them up," noted Wegner.

Wegner said clearing crews are working regular shifts, while salting crews have been working overtime. He says the town’s employees are fed up with winter, but are dealing with its demands.