Gillette recovers after snow storm - KOTA Territory News

Gillette recovers after snow storm

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Nearly a foot of snow fell on Gillette Monday night, making the Tuesday morning commute dangerous.

"It was slick.  Visibility was kind of icky," said Judi Sipe, who owns the Brother's Coffee Company in Downtown Gillette.  Her work day was cut short Tuesday because of the snow.

"I shut down early so they could clean the streets," said Sipe.

"It helps us clear the downtown areas that are more congested.  We're able, without that much traffic on the road, to get our large plows in those smaller areas quicker.  In anticipation of four inches of snow or more, we can clear parked vehicles from our emergency routes," said Gillette Public Works Director Sawley Wilde.

Plows are still busy clearing out city streets, but Wilde says driving conditions are much better today than Tuesday.

"Streets are good.  We prioritize our plow routes for the arterial streets and collector streets.  Once we have those so they're easily traveled, then we start moving into subdivisions.  And so we're currently in subdivisions cleaning out those subdivisions," said Wilde.

"Everything's back to kind of normal.  Schools are on task and people are back to work," said Sipe.

Wilde expects crews to work toward cleaning up streets throughout the rest of the week.

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