Streets Director Under Fire for Snow Removal
ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–Three weeks after a foot of snow fell followed by sub-zero temperatures, the city streets director found himself on the hot seat answering questions about snow removal.
Streets Director Todd Walterman faced the aldermanic streets committee, which fired a barrage of questions at him, including — why were many side streets snow-packed even after the mayor ordered them plowed?
“You have to have realistic expectations,” Walterman said, “You’re driving over the snow packing it down for four or five days below freezing temperatures. You’re not going to go down there with a single swipe and make it all go away.”
The big snow January 5 fell on a Sunday, followed by high winds and temperatures well below zero. After several days many city residents began to complain on social media about unplowed side streets.
Breaking with the city’s tradition to only plow main routes, Mayor Slay ordered city snow plows to shovel side streets on Thursday January 9, an effort that was helped by rising temperatures and rain.
Looking forward, Walterman says the city will again plow side streets — if a snowfall is greater than six inches and if temperatures are so cold the snow won’t melt on its own.