December 18, 2008 in Idaho

CdA official: ‘off the Richter scale’

Scott Maben The Spokesman-Review
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Ed Schimanski of Hauser Lake, Idaho pushed his snow blower past huge mounds of snow on Thursday morning, December 18, 2008. Snow levels at Hauser measured at least 30 inches.
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In Coeur d’Alene, where two feet of snow fell in 24 hours, city street crews have plowed all arterials three times and have begun clearing neighborhood streets, Deputy City Administrator Jon Ingalls said Thursday morning.

“We’re going to keep at it and keep at it and keep at it,” Ingalls said, adding, “We’re triaging some of the neighborhoods.”

Coeur d’Alene city offices are closing down, except for essential services, he said. Garbage collection was cancelled today, with service for affected residents postponed until next Thursday.

Officials urge residents to stay home until all streets have been plowed, and that could take until Friday morning. Ingalls said the city also needs residents to move parked cars off city streets so plows can get by.

“If people can be patient and sedentary and chill out …. Today is not the day to go shopping for socks or something,” he said.

Ingalls, a Coeur d’Alene native, said this is the most snow he has seen fall here in a 24-hour period. “This one is absolutely off the Richter scale.”

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