B Y T H E N U M B E R S
During the Feb. 16-17 snow storm, the Department of Facilities implemented its Snow Emergency Plan, which involved coordination among building services, dining services, engineering, grounds and buildings maintenance, housing and real estate working together with the Department of Public Safety. The storm left behind 21 inches of snow over 24 hours.
By Monday, Feb. 17, a total of 160 snow fighters were on campus working around the clock. This number also included the services of mechanics, contractors and support staff working to keep the campus open for emergency and health services and deliveries of food and supplies.
Critical employees spent two nights during the storm on cots. During that period, dining services provided 840 meals to critical staff out of a total of 11,600 meals prepared.
These numbers are close approximations of labor and equipment used during the snow removal operation: 80 hand shovelers; 20 snowblowers; 20 tractor plows; two Bombardier track plows; 16 front-end loaders; and 22 truck plows.
Materials used to melt the snow included 40 tons of straight sand, 60 tons of road salt and 150 drums of salt pellets.
Crews removed snow from the entrances to more than 160 buildings and housing sites, 2,500 site steps, 52 miles of sidewalks, 22 miles of roads and drives, and more than 50 parking and plaza areas. Both grounds and athletics crews worked to clear upper level parking structures and the Class of 1952 Stadium's artificial turf.
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