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Staff reductions, mechanical problems slow Quincy snow removal

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Quincy's snow emergency was lifted Saturday morning, but the city continued its work to clean neighborhood streets with another winter storm nipping at its heels. 

Most major streets had been cleared of snow, but a number of secondary streets were very slick and some were still now packed on Saturday.

Bonnie Rice lives on the corner of 6th and Payson Avenue and said her side street quite often gets ignored from city plow trucks.

"Generally, after a while they do get through here with a plow. It takes them a while," said Rice.

Rice decided to finally dig out her car Saturday, something she said will be a challenge.

"It looks like it's going to be an all day project," said Rice.

Quincy Mayor John Spring said he empathizes with residents like Rice.

"I fully understand when you look out your window or your door. That is what you're most concern about," said Spring.

Spring said he asks for patience from residents because the city is working with limited resources.

"There's no question that we are doing more with less. I mean Central Services doesn't have the amount of employees that it once had," said Spring.

Spring said they even have to pull workers from different city departments just to get the job done. He added that a city plow truck broke down during the storm, adding to the mess.

"We couldn't get some of it cleaned when we wanted to," said Spring.

Spring said the city is ready for another snowfall forecasted for Quincy early this week that has already prompted the National Weather Service to issue a Winter Storm Watch.

"We're always prepared. We have plenty of salt product. Our drivers do a great job," said Spring.

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