GREENWOOD, Ind. (Jan. 20, 2016)-- Commuters to the south of Indianapolis spent the morning slipping and sliding on the snow. Others took their afternoon to clean up the few inches of wintry precipitation we received.
“We got Bible study at 7 o’clock,” said Ed Smith, a deacon at Triumph Church in Greenwood.
For Smith and his crew, getting rid of the snow on the sidewalk Wednesday morning outside the church was the Lord’s work.
“We want to get it ready for people to come,” he said.
For others, snow clearing was physical work.
“It’s a good workout, saves me a workout,” said Amy Gray.
For Greenwood street crews, pushing snow is all part of a day’s work.
“Once we start pushing we try to get to the main arteries first, then the subdivisions,” said Terry McLaughlin, Greenwood Deputy Mayor.
McLaughlin said by Wednesday afternoon most city streets were in pretty good shape. City crews were focusing on neighborhoods.
Unlike Indianapolis, there is not an “inch limit” in Greenwood, meaning plows will work their way down side streets after a snowfall.
In Indianapolis, six inches of snow must fall before city-hired contractors will be activated to plow residential streets.
McLaughlin said Mother Nature played a helping hand, too. A dry snow with no wind, like we saw, is much easier to clear.
“This was a dry snow for us, so easy to push. But you get a west snow, and you get a lot of wind, you can go through an plow, and it opens it up. But a lot of wind, that roadway can be covered back up in a very short time frame,” he said.
McLaughlin said city crews will work through the late night hours and into the early morning making sure neighborhood streets are cleared and cleaned.
But not everyone has to work after a snow. Some people just enjoy it. We found Collin Fiol taking a jump - in shorts - onto a snow covered trampoline!
“I grew up in Chicago. I love all the snow,” said Fiol.