LIBERTY — The all-day snow event Sunday, Dec. 15, kept many people indoors, which city staff in Liberty appreciated.
Capt. Andy Hedrick said the Liberty Police Department took 18 accident reports Sunday. The public information officer said the majority of the accidents were due to the weather.
“We also had a 40% increase in calls for service,” he said.
Fire Chief John Mills said the first couple of hours of the day were busy, then things quieted down.
“We ran six accidents with injuries,” he said. “Our biggest response was mutual aid calls with Kearney. They were busy with Interstate 35 accidents.”
Public Works Director Andy Noll said Liberty’s snow removal fleet used 180 tons of salt and 2,000 gallons of calcium chloride. The city’s fleet is two dual-axle dump trucks with plows and material spreaders; nine single-axle dump trucks with plows and material spreaders; and 11 one-ton trucks and pickup trucks with material spreaders, including some with plows.
“The calcium chloride comes out and sprays onto the spinner wheel and mixes with the salt, allowing the products to be more effective at a colder temperature,” Noll said.
“We put down salt at the beginning of the storm, then plowed and finally treated the streets again. The crew drove more than 2,100 street miles.”
Republic Services did not collect trash or recycling Monday, Dec. 16, and trash and recycling collection will be delayed by one day for all collection routes for the remainder of the week. The Liberty Silver Center was closed Dec. 16, and Meals on Wheels and youth basketball practices at the Liberty Community Center were canceled.