Snow mountains are growing in Central Illinois

By Denise Jackson

February 3, 2014 Updated Feb 4, 2014 at 2:39 AM CDT

PEORIA,IL--The combination of below freezing temperatures and constant snowfall is causing the snow to pile up quite a bit around Central Illinois, creating growing mountains of snow. Up until a couple of years ago the Illinois river use to be the place where trucks could dump huge amounts of snow. But because of the chemical used to treat the roads it was considered pollution and is no longer an option.

"Anytime we get into large snow accumulation we continue to push back even though the street is plowed we'll push back more. Our concern is lane reduction, we don't want that to happen especially on residential streets," said Peoria Public Works Supervisor David Haste.

Now with no designated dumping location residents are likely to see more huge piles of snow around the Central Illinois. For one lady living on a snow filled cul-de-sac it's not a problem.

"I'm just thankful they're plowing it. In the past it's been a challenge cause they haven't done our court that much," said Peoria resident Barbara Shepke.

Shepke says snow removal seems to be much better this winter. Illinois Department of Transportation crews like Peoria public works is getting ready for Tuesday's expected snow storm

"We do have trucks in rural areas that throw the snow further back and that helps with some of the drifting issues," said IDOT Spokesman Brian Williamsen.

There's one bit of consolation for crews. This two day break from the weekend snow storm gives them a little bit of time to address mechanical issues and rev up for this next round.

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