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Christmas Snow Storm hits Cherokee

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Easy does it - Motorists could travel in downtown Cherokee following last week's Christmas blizzard that dumped 18 inches of snow, but they had to drive carefully on the slick streets and with limited visibility at the intersections. Photo by Paul Struck
Cherokee County was among the many Iowa counties hit by a snowstorm from Dec. 23 through Dec. 26, effectively canceling or postponing many scheduled family and public Holday celebrations. An estimated 18 - 20 inches struck, accompanied by blowing winds, making driving treacherous if not impossible.

Cherokee Mayor Mark Murphy has declared a snow emergency so that intersections may be cleared and streets widened.

No Parking on city streets is allowed during this snow emergency. Even though your street has been cleared, crews will be widening and clearing intersections for

the next several days. The NO PARKING BAN ON CITY STREETS will remain in effect until further notice.

*Motorists are asked to drive with extreme caution at our intersections. Until snow piles are removed from corners, sight visibility is extremely limited
*Citizens are asked to help their neighbors. If you are able, please offer snow blowing or shoveling assistance to your neighbors.
*Cherokee has nearly 300 fire hydrants in the City. In case of fire, access to these hydrants can be the difference between minor damage and total loss. Water Department employees will be out for the next several weeks clearing access to these hydrants. Citizen assistance in removing the snow around the hydrant near your property will be sincerely appreciated.
*Postal employees and utility meter readers also need the help of citizens in clearing their walks to your mail box and a path to your utility meters. Clear paths to the mailbox and utility meters may be the best Christmas present one can give these individuals.
*Reminder that blowing or pushing snow into the city streets is prohibited. It not only is a safety issue for motorists, it also requires more tax dollars having to be spent re-clearing streets.
*Reminder that snowmobile usage is not allowed on city streets or property other than for travel to and from property rural areas. In addition, snowmobilers need to remember that they frequently cannot be seen by the motorist. Please be extremely cautious in crossing streets and roadways. Finally, snowmobilers are asked to respect private property of others.
*Thank you to all of our citizenry for the patience and cooperation extended to city crews during the Christmas blizzard of 2009. Thank you to city street crews, police, fire and utility personnel for their extraordinary work over the Christmas holidays.

Please contact Don Eikmeier, Administrator at 225-5749 or deikmeieradm@cherokeeiowa.net for additional information.

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Re: Reminder that blowing or pushing snow into the city streets is prohibited.

City plows should refrain from filling driveways with snow from the street. It costs taxpayers to remove those berms from the driveway.

-- Posted by cheechakonews on Wed, Dec 30, 2009, at 2:08 PM

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