This November has been one of the coldest and snowiest on record for Bloomington-Normal, and while the public works crews are out tending to the roads, they are asking people to be as patient as possible.
This snow season has prohibited them from removing all of the curbside leaves as efficiently as they are used to. Bloomington Public Works Director Jim Karch says most communities in Illinois use the same equipment to collect leaves and plow snow.
Since crews have had to accommodate and deal with the inconsistent road conditions they have been a little slower collecting leaves this year.
“We’re about half as far along as we normally are for this time of year,” said Karch. “That’s because the leaves started dropping Nov. 5, but we had our first snow Nov. 12. That wasn’t a very long period time (to collect all of the leaves) and that was even before most of the leaves were down, there are still leaves on the trees in a lot of places.”
Public works crews are also asking that you keep your leaves out of the street, because, when rain comes down it washes the leaves down to the gutter which could cause drain blockage.