Hutchinson Cleaning Up From Biggest Snow Storm In 40 Years

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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February 9, 2011

The city of Hutchinson is cleaning up from the most snow it has seen in four decades. This week's storm dumped more than a foot of snow on the city, the most in Hutchinson since 1971.

"I don't know how much we got... way too much is all I know!" said Hutchinson resident Shirley Hawkins.

What Hutchinson got, was around 13 inches of snow. But even that wasn't enough to keep Hawkins home from work. She was out early Wednesday, while much of the snow remained untouched.

"It was really pretty, but it's scary to have to go into it," said Hawkins.

Hutchinson students, on the other hand, didn't have to go out as the storm canceled school. But some still found a reason to spend time outside.

"We're just sledding, having a little fun. It's actually really nice to be out of school. It's cold though!" said high school student Trevor Turner.

The cold also impacted businesses, as workers cleared sidewalks and parking lots for customers. At one Hutchinson car lot the job was not an easy one.

"I couldn't even drive through there, but I went and got my tractor and started plowing it out. It's pretty deep," said Sutton Motor Company Owner Ray Kauffman, after plowing his lot all day Wednesday.

Even as the storm meant different things for different residents, many agreed on one thing.

"[I'll] just be glad when summer gets here, [I'm] definitely ready," said Hawkins.

The Hutchinson Public Works Director says road crews had been working around the clock to clear the snow, but were finally going back to a more normal schedule by Thursday.

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