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Davenport Preparing for Snow

City of Davenport

With winter approaching, Davenport is preparing for snow. Training begins next week for Davenport city employees who'll be responsible for cleaning streets and sidewalks during storms.

Public Works Director Nicole Gleason says the city will have 40 large pieces of equipment and 10 smaller vehicles to plow snow. And during storms 90 employees will work in 12-hour shifts, with another 60 people available for major storms.

"Between now and the first snow, if we have rain days, it's pretty common for us to send the operator in the plow to drive their route. Just to become familiar with the route during daylight hours, especially if it's their first year on that route or if they're a newer employee, we just want them to feel comfortable and confident with the primary roads they'll be driving on during their shift."

She urges Davenport residents to sign up for snow alerts, either texts or phone calls, when the city is going to declare a snow emergency.

"We really encourage, especially those people living downtown and on posted emergency routes to sign up for that text alert, because then you're going to know several hours in advance that you need to move your car."

The city has 17,000 tons of salt ready to use when snow starts falling.

Gleason says she's seen some weather forecasts for this winter but Davenport makes nearly the same preparations every year no matter what the predictions are.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.