District snow team trains for winter | WDVM25 and DCW50

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WASHINGTON (WDVM) – The district snow team will participate in a training exercise to ensure they are ready for district snow and ice operations, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser.

“The winter dry run gives us the opportunity to inspect and assess all of the elements that go into a successful winter weather response,” said Mayor Bowser. The dry-draw is also a good reminder that now is the time for Washingtonians to sign up for the Serve DC Volunteer Snow Team. This year we are especially looking for volunteers in Neighborhoods 4, 5, 7 and 8 who can deploy to help their neighbors shovel sidewalks and steps after a snowfall.

The Ministry of Public Works is in charge of the snow team and the Ministry of Transport is also part of the team.

“Dry snow racing gives our team the opportunity to test all the functions of our snow operations and the equipment used during the snow season well in advance of the first expected snowfall in the area,” said Christine Davis, Acting Director of DPW. “This allows us to resolve any issues in advance to ensure we are ready to restore district streets quickly and safely when inclement weather hits DC.”

There are a total of 882 district snow crew employees and 296 vehicles, including 100 light snow plows and 120 heavy snow plows. Each year, the team clears approximately 2,644 miles of commercial and residential street lanes as well as the highway.

If you would like to volunteer to join the Serve DC Volunteer Snow Team, Click here to register.


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