Many residential streets remained partially blocked Friday after Hesperia experienced its heaviest snowfall in 30 years.
"This major event that brought over 14 inches of snow in some areas, is very unusual for the High Desert, and the city is not equipped to remove the snow from the 550 miles of roads in our city," City Manager Mike Podegracz said Thursday in an automated phone message that went out to residents. "Our limited snow removal equipment is being utilized in keeping major arterials, such as Main Street, clear. We ask, that if possible, you remain off the roads until the road conditions have improved."
The city's snow removal equipment consists of a pair of bulldozer-style blades that are attached to city trucks, converting them into snowplows during bad weather.
The city council might consider buying more blades, Mayor Thurston "Smitty" Smith said Friday, but he questioned the benefit of investing too heavily in snow removal equipment.
"This is the first time we've had this much snow in 25 or 30 years," Smith said, noting that 1978 was the last time he saw so much snow in Hesperia. "We might be able to pick up one more, if it's economically viable."
And even municipalities that had more equipment available were still overwhelmed during the storm.
"This storm has everyone inundated. Caltrans, the highway patrol," Smith said. "All routes into the LA Basin were all closed" at some point.
"My bigger concern right now is that if we get the rain that's predicted" for the coming days. "If it's a warm rain, and it melts all this, we're going to have a bigger problem with flooding."
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