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City of Mitchell struggling to get streets plowed

Slowly but surely, Mitchell's roads are being cleared of snow, slush and ice. Mitchell Street and Sanitation Superintendent Ron Olson said the heavy wet snow that fell in the city this week has been difficult to clear off the streets. Mitchell re...

Slowly but surely, Mitchell's roads are being cleared of snow, slush and ice.

Mitchell Street and Sanitation Superintendent Ron Olson said the heavy wet snow that fell in the city this week has been difficult to clear off the streets. Mitchell received 9.8 inches during the three-day storm, according to the National Weather Service.

"This stuff was nearly impossible to move," he said.

Mitchell's east/west streets were plowed Thursday morning and crews moved on to the north/south streets Thursday afternoon.

Though the city's main streets were mostly clear of snow early on Thursday, many side streets remained cluttered with snow piles and meandering tire tracks.

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"This stuff had so much moisture in it that as soon as you walked on it you couldn't move it," Olson said.

Olson hoped crews would have started to haul snow from the downtown area by 11 p.m. Thursday.

"It becomes a really big challenge to even haul snow because it's so wet and heavy," Olson said.

The Mitchell Police Division issued about 45 tickets for vehicles parked on east/west streets during plowing Thursday. On Wednesday, officers issued 87 tickets to vehicles parked on streets during plowing.

Ticketing of any vehicles parked on north-south streets was to start again at 1:30 a.m. Friday.

Any vehicle parked on the streets during plowing is subject to a $25 fine, which increases to $50 if the fine isn't paid within 48 hours.

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