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Snow plowing in Butte Meadows

Butte County Public Works was in full force Thursday to get ahead of potential problems out on the roadway.

Posted: Jan 16, 2020 5:54 PM

BUTTE MEADOWS, Calif. - Butte County Public Works was in full force Thursday to get ahead of potential problems out on the roadway.

Public works says by dark they’ll have plowed six to seven inches of snow.

The department sent out crews before dawn on Thursday.

Chris barris is the supervisor in the Chico area. He says crews duties focused on plowing the 11-mile stretch of Humboldt Road, up and down.

"We don’t want to stop and let it build up too much so we just keep going back and forth to keep the ice as thin as we can on top of the road surface," Barris said.

Barris says Humboldt Road collects a lot of snow and stays cold. It’s the highest elevation they plow.

"Cause they’ve already come through and it's down to the ice and you can see the tracks how deep the tracks are so it's probably snowed another three-quarter of an inch since they came through that last pass," he said.

Humboldt Road uses the most plow trucks at a time out of the county. Five were out on the roads today working alongside a brand new snowblower.

"It's honestly a cute little thing," Barris said.

Public works brought this machine up to Butte Meadows for this very snow event.

"He's coming into a tight area where we have trees tight on both sides so if we can blow it into the forest and not have to keep pushing it sideways we wont have to touch it again we wont have a build up and we wont have to touch the trees," he said.

"They keep it pretty clean i see them come by every morning around 6 o'clock," Bill Kelso, a business owner in Butte Meadows said.

Barris told Action News Now crews head out when its still dark and usually don't make it home before the sun sets.

"Keep up with the snow and try not to get behind cause its twice the fight if you don't stay out in front of it," Barris said.

Kelso says the snow brings visitors, so it's important that Humboldt Road stays open.

"Yeah we keep it up so at least people can get here," Kelso said. "Everyone come on up we finally got it its time to play in the snow!"

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