Galesburg hardest hit, handling snowy mess

By Anna Yee

February 26, 2013 Updated Feb 26, 2013 at 9:55 PM CDT

GALESBURG, Ill. -- Howling winds are trumped by the constant hum of snow plows and trucks filling the city of Galesburg.

Parts of West Central Illinois, including Knox County, are expected to get hardest hit by February's second storm go-round.

"It's snowing really heavy, more than an inch an hour," said Larry Cox, the Director of Public Works for the City of Galesburg. "It's not something we're not used to, but I guess given the snowfall amounts the last couple of years, this is a pretty big one."

Cox said crews will work through the night into Wednesday.

"With the wind, sometimes we'll plow a street and 10 minutes later, it'll be blown back shut, so that's the biggest concern right now," said Cox. "We just advise people to stay home unless they really have to get out."

If you do end up driving, you really don't have a choice but to go slow. Even main roads, like this one, which are being plowed first are pretty slick and slushy.

Galesburg declared a 'Snow Emergency' Tuesday.

Parked vehicles must be removed from streets, except downtown, to help crews work more efficiently until the roads are cleared.

For business owner Steve Hawkinson, cleaning up a bigger mess means more money.

"We sell a tremendous amount of ice melters, salt, and salt-related items. We also sold this storm a lot of snow shovels," said Hawkinson, President and manager of People's Do It Center. "Sometimes the forecast of a storm is what brings people in as much as a storm itself."

It's a storm that kept many people home from school and work on Tuesday and, on Wednesday, more snow is expected to keep the sound of plows around another day.

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