Below are some common questions about the Douglas County snow removal program:
Why doesn’t the County plow my street when they go by?
Routes are plowed on a priority basis with arterial roadways, collector roadways and school routes being top priorities. Clearing those roadways first enables emergency services to gain access to all residential areas normally within a few blocks of each residence.
Are cul-de-sacs plowed after every storm?
Local streets and cul-de-sacs are plowed after every storm unless the snow is expected to melt over the following 24 hours. An exception is made if the street has hills and curves that could become hazardous to motorists.
Who is responsible for clearing sidewalks?
Residents are responsible for clearing driveways and sidewalks within 24 hours after a snowstorm to allow safe use by pedestrians. This is particularly important along school pedestrian routes to prevent children from having to walk in the street. It is required that owners place snow from their driveways and sidewalks onto their front yard and not into the street. This practice reduces the number of icy areas on streets and ensures proper drainage flow into the storm sewer. In addition, your lawn can use the available moisture over the winter.
After the storm, the snowplow came through and pushed snow back into my driveway entrance.
Cleanup and widening operations often take place one to four days after the snowstorm, depending upon the severity of the storm and wind conditions. It is often necessary to widen roads to ensure that ice and snow melts from the pavement surface. Unfortunately, subsequent widening operations may push snow back onto sidewalks and driveways.
What if I have an emergency and my street isn’t plowed?
If an emergency situation occurs, call 911. Equipment will be diverted for emergencies ONLY WHEN REQUESTED BY AN EMERGENCY SERVICE AGENCY OR THE DOUGLAS COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT. The Sheriff’s Department is in constant communication with PW Ops personnel during snow events so snow removal equipment can be detoured to assist emergency services. It should be noted that it is a crime to make a false emergency request.
See the following Douglas County link for more information on snow removal: