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Main roads cleared thanks to 24+ hours of work by the West Lafayette Street Dept.

The main streets in West Lafayette are actually in pretty good condition thanks to more than 24 hours of constant work and dedication by those at the West Lafayette Street Department.

Posted: Feb 16, 2021 10:27 PM
Updated: Feb 16, 2021 11:16 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The worst of the winter weather is behind us but road crews still have a lot to do to clean up after Monday's storm.

The main streets in West Lafayette are actually in pretty good condition considering the state they were in as the storm was hitting. That's all thanks to more than 24 hours of constant work and dedication by those at the West Lafayette Street Department.

Street Superintendent Ben Anderson said a lot of strategy goes into clearing roads during a snow storm of Monday's caliber. He said they started plowing, salting and sanding roads at 4 a.m. Monday morning, and aside from a few short hours later on Monday, they didn't get to stop until noon on Tuesday.

He even said at one point his snow plow got stuck around 1 a.m. and he had to come get pulled out.

The City of West Lafayette issued a snow emergency Monday morning. Anderson said the response from the community to get their vehicles off the streets helped them immensely.

"It makes it so much easier and better for everybody when the cars are off the street," he said. "So we thank everyone for their greatly increased participation in moving their vehicles off the roads."

Around the area, Indiana State Police Lafayette said they responded to 35 crashes, five of those had injuries. And they were called to 26 slide off. The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office responded to seven personal injury calls and 40 slide offs.

Anderson is encouraging people to have things like blankets, a snow shovel, water bottles and cat litter to help them get out if they get stuck and keep them safe if they have to wait for help.

"If you are going to go out and risk something, have some proper tools in case something comes up and you can help yourself out by getting out," he said.

Anderson said they will be on standby during the non-rush hour times, and their next plan of action will be to clear out cul-de-sacs and mailboxes over the next few days. He said the city still has plenty of supplies for treating roads.

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