Ottumwa Public Works sees busy day with snow removal process

With another winter storm blast, the Ottumwa Public Works were at it again with their snow removal process.

Crews work two 12-hour shifts when enough snow requires it.

Snow emergency routes have top priority when clearing the streets. Hills and bridges are then cleared next followed by residential areas.

If the storm is large enough, the crews will clean up downtown again.

Ottumwa Public Works Director Larry Seals said the process runs much smoother when citizens abide by the snow emergency ordinance.

"It helps prevent us from having to go back multiple times," said Seals. "It's unaffordable. There will be times we do have to go back several different times to get a neighborhood. It depends on when the storm occurs and where we have the crews."

Seals said the process typically takes 18 hours to remove the snow from the city.