Complaints Of Slow Snow Removal Piling Up Say Aldermen
Five days after snow from a major storm stopped falling, some Chicago aldermen and residents are charging the city has done a poor job clearing snow from side streets.
Thursday, Ald. Roderick Sawyer (6th) initially claimed a “salt shortage” has led to “dangerous” conditions in his ward. Sawyer contended in a news release he thought the “crippled” side streets in his ward would be cleared as temperatures rose on Thursday, but was “shocked” to learn of a salt shortage that allowed trucks to dump only one load of slush-melting salt onto side streets.
But a spokeswoman for the city’s Department of Streets and Sanitation denied that the city was facing a salt shortage and said that as temperatures rise, the existing salt on the roadways will start working better.
“We have more than 100,000 tons of salt, and our supply is being replenished daily. We have multiple vendors and will have enough salt for the winter season,” said the spokeswoman, Molly Poppe.
Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) said his office is hearing complaints — “two to three hundred calls over the past few days.”
Waguespack said he believe that city plows waited too long before starting on the side streets so by the time the trucks got off the main routes the hard-packed snow had turned to thick ice.
UPDATE: By early evening, Sawyer had softened his position according to ABC 7 News.