No end in sight for street crews as snow keeps coming

David Allery Jr. walks late Thursday, Feb. 7, along NP Avenue in Fargo with a wind chill of negative 32 degrees. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
David Allery Jr. walks late Thursday, Feb. 7, along NP Avenue in Fargo with a wind chill of negative 32 degrees. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO, N.D. — Mother Nature keeps hammering city street crews with one snow event after the next.

After back to-back-to back winter storms, it seems the end is far from near for the nearly 30 crew members who clear Fargo's streets.

"We'll be working around the clock now until probably next Friday. We'll be working 12 hour shifts for the next week," said Corey Houim, Fargo Public Works Supervisor.

He says the long days are necessary when the storms are so close together and take twice as long to battle.

"A normal snow event — when it's done snowing and we do all of our snow emergency and residential — it usually takes us 24 hours. We started on Wednesday at 3 p.m. and we're still running around the clock," he said.

An end for snow crews is still months away. Houim said with the snow on the ground right now they'll be working this until spring.

The hours add up, but he says it comes with the territory.

"No quitting. Another day in the life of Fargo Public Works," Houim said, though he added it seems like they're clearing the roads just to make room for even more snow.

"We don't even need any more snow to make a mess, all we need is another 40 mile per hour wind and we'll be starting all over from scratch again," said Houim.