Chicago attempts to dig out after record snowfall

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Chicago flexes its snow-fighting muscles to clear and salt the roadways during this lake-effect snowstorm.

There are now 373 vehicles on the main streets and Lake Shore Drive. The crews will turn their attention to the side streets once the snow stops falling sometime late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

“As long as it’s snowing, we stay on the main streets so that emergency vehicles have a safe passage through the city along with the residents,” said Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Charles Williams.

Nearly 300 of the vehicles are snow plows, 60 areĀ  so-called “quick hitch plows,” and 26 are smaller, 4 x 4 vehicles.

The city is also going all-out at O’Hare and Midway airports. More than 300 pieces of equipment and six snow meltors are deployed at O’Hare, and 25 pieces of equipment and one snow meltor are being used at Midway.

The crews have been going hard since Tuesday afternoon.

Commissioner Williams says his department has been preparing for snow like this since July and August. He adds lake-effect snow is tough to respond to because it’s hard to predict.

UPDATES AT CHICAGO WEATHER CENTER BLOG

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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