Crews hard at work cleaning up after winter storm

- Thanks to Wednesday's winter storm, clean up in Oakland County is expected to take several days.

Throughout the storm, the Oakland County Sheriff's Office took in a total of 326 calls in 24 hours. Some areas received up to a foot of snow and more than 100 crews were on the roadways working 15-hour shifts.

The clean up also continued in Wayne County. Although that part of the Metro didn't get as much snow, the Detroit received enough to keep crews busy Thursday evening.

"We're doing it in curb mode right now, curbing out to the far right lane and curbing everything up, cleaning it up, (and the) salt is working well," said Doug Collins, a Detroit Department of Public Works superintendent.

There were 54 crews working 12-hour shifts, including a third shift on Thursday evening. City worker Cecil Thomas said if drivers see crews laying down salt, they should leave enough space for the crews to do their work.

"When we're out working, we have our lights flashing, when we're spraying, the best way for us to salt is for to be in the center of the street what we call the crown, so they need to be mindful to try to move over to give us as much working space as possible," he said.

An accident on Hall Road slowed traffic down for a short period of time on Thursday morning in Macomb County. However, the brine and plow trucks were already prepared to make sure drivers didn't slide and swerve on their way to work.

Craig Bryson with road commission for Oakland County said crews will be working until 11 p.m. Thursday, then back at it Friday, but are concerned temperatures will drop overnight and make the clean up tougher.

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