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All hands on deck for snow removal effort

Snow blowers could be heard across the community today, as people cleared their driveways.
BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WFRV) - Snow blowers could be heard across the community today, as people cleared their driveways.

Tonight, will be another long one for people removing giant snow piles from parking lots and roadways.

The clean-up has been a group effort across the region.

"My very wonderful neighbor actually came over with his snow blower and cleared out my driveway for me" says De Pere homeowner Ann Oviatt.  

"Sometime I am maybe going to need some help and if you know your neighbors maybe when I need help I can get some" Jerry De Groot explains.

But when a shovel and snow blower won't cut it, it is time to call the professionals.

"The storm was a lot of work for us, kept us busy. The wind caused a lot of drifting" says Jared Van Elzen, who works for Apple Valley Snow Removal.  

The business ran a team of 14 people to clear snow from commercial lots.

For them it is about attention to detail.

"We will put a salt application down after we remove the snow from the parking lots" Van Elzen explains.

City crews also logged long hours clearing snow.

However, Green Bay Officials say a storm like this is actually better for the budget.

"We would much rather get it in bigger quantities because its fewer applications. When we get one inch day after day that burns up a lot of salt" says Tony Feitzer, Street Superintendent for Green Bay.

Most communities give residents and businesses 24 hours to clear snow from sidewalks around their property.

If city crews get a complaint., and have to clear it for you will be billed. In Green Bay the average cost is $75.

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