Plenty of work ahead for crews clearing snow in Norfolk

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on January 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 3:20 PM

UPDATE 1/30:   Plowing contractors will return Thursday to help the City of Norfolk tackle secondary roads.

City officials say they've used close to 400 tons of sand and salt to treat the roads.
 
Business owners in the Ghent area say many roads are still covered in snow and ice.
 
"I don't recommend driving in this at all," said restaurant owner Rick Fraley, Jr. "I'd rather have no business than someone get hurt trying to get here."
 
Fraley's The Ten Top on Colley Avenue will stay open for lunch, but he plans to close early Thursday because of the snow.
 
Colley Avenue, Olney Road and Colonial Avenue are three roads Fraley says need significant attention.

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UPDATE 8:30 a.m.:  Public Works has 20 trucks on the road Wednesday morning. They will follow the leader so please tell the public to give them room.

Also, 25 trucks from several city departments are focused on removing snow downtown.
VDOT is bringing 24 trucks to assist Norfolk. Those trucks will focus on the following roads:
 
•    Hampton Blvd.
•    Granby Street
•    Little Creek Road
•    Tidewater Drive
•    Military Highway
•    Virginia Beach Blvd

Norfolk airport is requesting passengers check airlines for flight status.

A local state of emergency allows Norfolk to track expenses related to the storm for possible reimbursement. It also allows the city to request state assets.

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NORFOLK-It's a big job clearing roads of snow and ice.

In Downtown Norfolk overnight, city officials said crews took 12 loads of snow from the downtown area to Harbor Park, adding to the previous loads dumped there.

"The rest of the city we plow, but in downtown, we have to remove it.  We have our crews and crews we've brought in to help," said Jim Redick with Norfolk Emergency Preparedness and Response.

Redick said crews were reporting eight inches of snow pretty much across the city.

Norfolk, which also declared a state of emergency, is getting extra trucks from the Va. Dept. of Transportation to help clear the roads. Crews which went on the job at 7 p.m. Tuesday will be off the clock at 7 a.m. Wednesday - to be replaced by crews that will work the 7-7 shift today. The City has 300 tons of sand and 600 tons of salt at the ready for crews to treat the roads.

13News Now anchor Sandra Parker out in the Ghent section of Norfolk and found a big rig that got stuck in a parking lot.

The snow is so deep that if you stop, you're likely to run into problems trying to get moving again, she said.

The Virginian-Pilot tweeted that the snowy roads will delay the delivery of your Wednesday morning paper.

The city is under a Winter Storm Warning until 1 p.m.

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