Why does it take so long to plow the streets?

The city is responsible for many streets and public areas. City crews work before, during, and after a snow storm. Crews work around the clock, in 12-hour shifts, using all available equipment and personnel. 

Clearing snow is difficult work that requires crews to adapt to constantly changing conditions. Heavy snow, or even a small amount of ice can cause damage to plows that must be inspected and repaired. Please remember that even is your street has not yet been cleared, city crews have been working as hard as possible. Your patience in greatly appreciated.

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1. Why does it take so long to plow the streets?
2. I have 24 hours to clear the sidewalk. How do I know when the storm is officially over?
3. What are the consequences of not clearing my sidewalk?
4. I am elderly or physically unable to shovel snow from my sidewalk. What can I do?
5. A street near mine was just plowed. Does that mean my street will be next?
6. How does the City know which streets have been plowed?
7. My trash and recycling wasn’t picked up because of the snow. When can I expect it to be collected?
8. How many vehicles does the city have working during a snow operation?
9. How many employees typically work a storm? What do they do?
10. What chemicals are used to melt snow?
11. Are the chemicals used corrosive or harmful to the environment?