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Public works crew powers through snow, frigid temps

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The recent storm brought between 6 and 12 inches of snow to the area, according to the National Weather Service in Lincoln. Winds were in the neighborhood of 30 to 35 mph, to say nothing of temperatures ranging from 10 to 15 below and wind chills at 30 to 40 below.

It’s an understatement to say that Larry Coloni and his hard-working Public Works crew had their work cut out for them.

When authorities recommend that motorists stay safe at home except for emergency travel only, they were not talking to folks like Coloni and his department.

“We started at 7 a.m. Sunday and went all the way to 4 p.m. on Monday,” Coloni said.

The only way to keep going, he said, was to take breaks and power naps. He added that any of his employees working during the long hours of plowing also had the option to stop at anytime.

Coloni said one of his snowplows did get stuck in a snow bank on Jason’s Way and had to be pulled out. He said he’s battled worse storms where more snow fell, but none were colder: “The worst part was the cold temperatures — they were tough on equipment.”

Next up: “We’re getting all the trails cleared and ready so residents can go take a walk again,” Coloni said.

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