GR workers focus on clearing side streets before thaw

Snow covers a street in West Michigan. (Feb. 25, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids city workers were focusing on clearing neighborhood streets Thursday afternoon after a record snowfall blanketed the city.

Crews were focused on clearing major streets early Thursday morning after the falling snow tapered off. The Public Safety Department said the majority of major streets were in “good condition” in time for the morning rush hour.

The city said it deployed 25 plow trucks and eight pickup trucks to clear side streets later Thursday. The Public Safety Department also helped solid waste truck drivers make their Thursday routes.

City officials hope to have all city streets clear of the heavy, wet snow by early Saturday morning to prevent flooding as temperatures climb and the snow melts.

The city is asking residents and business owners to help by clearing nearby catch basis of snow, ice and any debris.

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