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Snow Snarls Streets; Stores Still Stocked

Today’s winter weather has boosted local business, but worries those plowing the roads.

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Photo: Daniel Robison

Snow at the corner of 10th St and Fee Ln in Bloomington

Today’s winter weather has boosted local business, but worries those plowing the roads.  Bloomington Hardware employee Tony Ruggiero said he’s been answering weather related questions almost non-stop.

“Our phones started ringing early in the morning. I got here about 7:30 and our phone was already ringing,” he said.

Ruggiero said the snow has not produced a run on many winter staples, including shovels and salt and sleds.

But Columbus street department supervisor Bryan Burton said he is concerned about using up the city’s reserves of salt and sand early in the season.

“We’ll do what we can right now but we just don’t want to put too much material down, we’ll put it on the mains, but once the snow continues to fall and gets deeper then we’ll have to plow so we’ll just be basically plowing off what we put  down,” Burton said. “We’ll make sure the safety is there first and we’ll just continue to wait and see what the weather does and kind of look for the end of it and then we’ll really hit it hard.”

A winter storm watch remains in place through Friday morning.

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