Denver deploys residential snowplow fleet after snowstorm

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DENVER -- The snowstorm that pummeled Denver on Tuesday clogged the city’s side streets, forcing Denver Public Works to deploy its residential snowplow fleet.

The fleet deployed at 9 p.m. and will continue plowing through 9 a.m. Wednesday. Crews will work 12-hour shifts, according to Denver Public Works.

“With this story the weather patterns kept sporadically changing so we decided to deploy it to make those streets drivable,” said Heather Burke with Denver Public Works.

The residential plow program was created after the blizzard of 2006. Since then, the city has used it only eight times.

Normally, the city needs a forecast of 12 inches of snow or more followed by prolonged freezing temperatures.

“It is very rare for us to deploy them,” Burke said.

Denver Public Works hoped to hit every neighborhood street in Denver at least once overnight Tuesday into Wednesday to make them drivable again.