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Bountiful residents, city crews continue to dig community out of nearly 30 inches of snow

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Posted at 6:05 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 20:05:57-05

BOUNTIFUL, Utah -- Bountiful street crews had their hands full on Tuesday cleaning up for the second day in a row after nearly 30 inches of snow fell on the bench.

The two days of snow weighed down on crews and residents.

Neighbors in the Oakhaven Park area told FOX 13 News they spent anywhere from one to several hours shoveling to clear driveways and sidewalks.

“That’s all I've done, it seems like, for the last day," said Bountiful resident Laura Jones.

Just down the street, Shawn Wheeler made the rounds with a snow blower.

“It’s crazy,” Wheeler said of the storm. “I haven’t really seen this much snow in a long time.”

A plow driver barreled up the street they worked on -- one of 24 shoveling machines that made the rounds throughout the city.

"I've had 24 plows working. I worked about five of the plows 24 hours straight,” said Bountiful City Street Director Gary Blowers.

He said the rest took a break between 11 p.m. Monday and 4 a.m. Tuesday, before heading back out.

The routine became shovel, clear, salt, repeat.

Blowers said the city blew through somewhere around 2,500 tons of salt, and had to order more.

After clearing the streets, the crews planned to turn their attention to the trees.

Many couldn’t handle the two-plus feet of snow. Branches cracked and crashed under the pressure.

"We'll spend the next couple days going through town again- almost like a windstorm-type scenario,” Blowers explained. “We'll go back through, and pick up a lot of branches."

He also said many mailboxes and fire hydrants ended up buried under snow. Though that, he said, is up to homeowners to clear and he urged residents to shovel those areas along with sidewalks and driveways.

The last main area Bountiful City hoped to tackle, was garbage service.

Pick-up halted on Monday, but the city said it hoped to resume service and catch up as soon as possible.