Snow Removal Companies Are Running Out of Places to Dump Record Levels of Snow
More than 100 inches of snow so far this winter
ANCHORAGE - With more than 100 inches of snow this winter, snow removal companies are running out of places to put it.
Dumptrucks from companies around Anchorage drop snow at various lots around town.
Alaska Snow Removal is one of the state’s largest private snow removal companies, and managers said this year their crews dumped 7,800 loads and melted another 9,000.
“When the snow dumps close... they're scattered through different areas of town,” said Alaska Snow Removal General Manager Tabb Thoms. “And as they fill up that means we have to truck it farther which takes longer.”
American Landscaping owns a private dumpsite on 98th and C Street.
Managers said the company shut down the site three weeks ago after taking in more than 7,000 truckloads.
At the city’s largest lot, on 100th and C Street, a snow blower works to make more room for the loads of snow coming in, one right after the other.
“We can stack it higher than you can with other pieces of equipment,” said Street Maintenance Superintendent Dan Southard.“ We're putting a lot more effort into it than normally but we're getting a lot more snow into the dumps.”
Southard said about 50 trucks work every day and thus far have scooped up hundreds of thousands of truckloads.
City staff said despite the high volume there should be enough room to make it through the spring, but the snow pile on C Street is so dense Southard said it may not completely melt this summer.