Wisconsin Rapids hit with 8 inches of snow after first major storm

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Wisconsin Rapids residents were digging themselves out of the snow Tuesday, after Monday's snowstorm blanketed the city with some of the highest snow totals.

Residents of Wisconsin Rapids, start your engines - it's time to get rid of some snow.

Randy Kubisiaka spent two hours with his snowblower cleaning up from the first major snowstorm of the season in Central Wisconsin. It left around eight inches of white stuff in his city, making it one of the hardest hit areas in the region.

"It's a lot of work, moving all this snow around, and there's no place to really put it here so it's double the effort," Kubisiaka said.

Kubisiaka was not the only one cleaning up. Crews from Wisconsin Rapids Public Works spent about 12 hours Monday night and Tuesday morning plowing the roads.

"Took the majority of snow between 6 p.m. and midnight. We brought the guys back in at midnight and started up with nine units, graders and endloaders, and as the morning hours went on we added guys plowing sidewalks, plowing parking lots," Public Works Superintendent Jim Borski said.

Borski said they also put salt on the highways and in all of the business areas where they want bare pavement, and put sand on residential streets where there's lower traffic volumes. Crews used around 24 tons of road salt.

Borski said when you get as much snow as they did, the process to clean it all up takes about three days. They've plowed, so now they'll start removing snow on Wednesday and Thursday.

"Whatever we pushed up into piles or pushed up into snow banks in areas where we don't have enough storage for that for the whole season, then we haul that away," Borski said.

For Kubisiaka, the first blanket of snow, was a little surprising.

"You live in Wisconsin, you expect it. Not with eight inches right off the get-go you know," Kubisiaka said.

Though no matter how much snow we get this season, cleaning up is a sacrifice he'll have to make.

"We've been pretty lucky so far, so I don't know if it's going to be a long winter or not, but I hope they can keep the white stuff down, but it's Wisconsin, what are you going to do?" Kubisiaka said.

The thought on every Wisconsinite's mind - you have to do what you have to do.

Borski said snow removal tends to be expensive because of all of the equipment and overtime involved, but since this year's winter came so late, he expects it will be a cheaper one than they've had in the past.