Snow Causes People to Work on Christmas

By Nick Perreault

December 25, 2010 Updated Dec 25, 2010 at 7:18 PM CDT

The Heavy Snowfall in the past few days has caused havoc for drivers and family members alike.

Illinois State Police Master Sgt. Jason Henderson said the department had around 14 to 15 officers on duty last night to cover the numerous accidents and roll-overs.

"My Daughters car, she went off last night we're trying to get it unstuck," said Peoria Resident, Russell Bennett.

In order to free his daughters car, Peoria Resident, Russell Bennett had to call in some help from her soon to be father-in law.

Bennett said the car became stuck at the height of the storm around 7:30pm.

"Last night they were horrible, this morning they were pretty good, gotta give credit to road crew for getting out there and getting the roads cleaned up," Bennett said.

The roads have improved thanks to the 27 snow plow trucks deployed by the Peoria Public Works Department. Crews started working around midnight.

"We were pretty fortunate with the warm temperatures that we had, pavement temperatures, and we were able to keep the primaries open, with the slight amount of treatment that we gave them," said Peoria City/Sewer Manager, David Haste.

Today the plows plan on finishing up the residential areas and alleyways.

Well with the heavy snowfall last night, it meant that several snow plow drivers were going to have an early start to their morning, but it also meant that several residential home owners, like Carl Wallace, we're gonna have to get an early start, even though it was Christmas.

"I started around 10 this morning," said Peoria Resident, Carl Wallace.

"I definitly don't want this to freeze up because that happened to me like two weeks ago so I'm trying to get the jump on it and as far as Christmas, I'll be done by the time the NBA comes on, so I'll be good," Wallace said.

As for Air Travel, Gene Olsen, Director of Airports at General Wayne Downing International Airport, reported that there were no cancellations or delays of any kind last night or this morning. But the snow did have an affect on one air travelor.

"Actually I was scheduled to fly out yesterday, and I missed my flight driving in the snow, and so I'm back again to see if I can catch a flight to phoenix," said Macomb Resident, Wiliam Madaio.

The airlines were able to work travel plans out with Madaio.

From early hours for snow plow drivers to digging cars out ditches, the evening winter storm proved that even mother nature wanted to be a part of Christmas in Central Illinois.

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