Santa Fe residents deal with storm aftermath

Posted at: 12/10/2012 6:21 PM
Updated at: 12/10/2012 9:18 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The first snowstorm of the season pounded Santa Fe Sunday.  Monday, some people spent the day outdoors enjoying it, while others spent the day dealing with it.

It looked like a winter wonderland, but for those who still had to work it was a wet, slushy trek across town.

Police reported at least 36 crashes since the snow fell Sunday night.

"Here it's like the roads never seem to get plowed," Tera Matsuda, who lives off Bishops Lodge Road, said while sweeping snow off his sidewalk with a broom Monday afternoon.  "I parked my car back there behind that wall in case somebody slides off because it's so icy.  I think they put some dirt down there, but I don't ever see them plow this road."

City officials with the Streets and Drainage Maintenance Division told KOB Eyewitness News 4 there is a snow plan in place that was approved by city council when it comes to plowing.

First priority are major arteries like Cerrillos, St. Francis and St. Michaels.

Next up are smaller roads and schools areas.

Residential areas are not plowed unless a specific complaint is made, in which case, snow plowers work overtime, 24 hours a day, until each complaint is addressed.