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Posted on: December 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Snow Removal Operations

City of Storm Lake

For Immediate Release: 12-14-2021

For more information contact:            


Keri Navratil



Snow Removal Operations

December 9-13, 2021


Snow removal operations for the snow event on December 9-13, 2021 included 138 labor hours ($6,210), 138 equipment hours ($10,350), 45 tons of salt/sand mix ($3,870) and 1,238 gallons diesel fuel ($4,940).  Total estimated cost for this event is $25,370.  Emergency routes were plowed and the City’s Snow Removal Plan was followed until the operations were completed.


Snow Emergencies are declared for the number of days it is likely to take to remove expected snow based on the forecasted storm.  This declaration was for four (4) days.  The City recognizes the inconvenience of snow and the challenges of the snow removal process.   Tickets and tows sometimes occur and frustrations run high.


The Public Services crew works diligently to complete snow removal operations as quickly and safely as possible.  We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding.


The first significant snow of the season is challenging as the warmth of the pavement can lead to icy conditions.  Sanding operations often begin early and are extended through the removal operation.   This process can lead to longer Snow Emergencies and tickets written for illegal parking during the event.



For information regarding Snow Emergencies, the City’s website, is a great resource.  To receive alerts in your inbox or text subscribe at for up to date information.



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