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How to Clear the Snow Safely From Your Home

BLOOMINGTON - You probably don't typically think of snow as leftovers, but as snow keeps piling up from recent winter storms, people are still working to clear their driveways.
BLOOMINGTON - You probably don't typically think of snow as leftovers, but as snow keeps piling up from recent winter storms, people are still working to clear their driveways.

Public works director Jim Karch says just tossing it around can be dangerous for your home. That's why, he says it pays to be proactive now.

"Go ahead and maybe shovel some places around your house, so if the water's running, it can escape from the foundation of your house," said Karch.

When the city clears the roads, they try to place it in a spot where it can drain properly, into things like lakes and the sewers.

"We try to take it to a parking lot like O'Neill Park on the west side where there's enough parking area that it has some extra area for when it starts melting, it's going over the sewers and not have the impact it would if it was on someone's property," said Karch.

Karch says the city is hoping the rains will bring down some of these piles. But he says there is a way you can help supplement the city's efforts to slow flooding.

"Take some of the snow and get it off the inlets, so the water does have some place to go, even in the streets. That's something even citizens can do. It's not a requirement, but golly it helps," said Karch.

For those of you wondering if transporting the snow to Lake Bloomington could help with the water levels, you're right, but Karch says it's too inefficient for the city to transport snow long distances like that.

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