by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—By 11 a.m. on Wednesday, the snow had stopped falling and the process of digging out began.
“Our main goal was to make one pass on every street,” Public Works Director John Nevenhoven said. “We wanted to make every street passable for firefighters or cops to get through.”
But the real work is a long and tedious process. With drifts as high as five feet in Blackberry Creek subdivision, the only way to move the snow is with a front-end loader.
“Scoop and dump, scoop and dump, in order to cut a path. We can’t move the snow without lifting it. We can get it off the road, but we don’t have any place to put the snow,” Nevenhoven said.
The village’s equipment is adequate for snowfalls of six to seven inches, but one of this size challenges the three large plows, four small ones, and one front-end loader.
“We have about 2,000 houses in Elburn. Imagine how long it would take to dig out every one? The snow is three feet high out to the street. We can’t move it all at one time. We have to take a piece at a time, and a piece at a time,” Nevenhoven said.
The three to four plows have been out on the streets working nine-hour days since the snow fell.
“We can’t get to everybody first. It will take longer to get to certain parts of time. We work one section at a time,” Nevenhoven said.