Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Where to Put the Snow?

Some of you will recall the Winter of 78/79. (77/78?) It was as bad as this one; snow piled up all over the place, piled to "top-of-your-car" heights on the Milwaukee street-sides.

There was too much snow for railroad trains to navigate less-used tracks--so the Plant Manager at Harnischfeger sent his labor-force and supervisors out to shovel the siding-tracks next to the plant on 40th street. Why? Because the plant was bottlenecked with machines that had to go out before P&H could build more. Can't invoice the damn thing until it's shipped, you know, and at $1 million or more/invoice, it makes a difference.

Anyhoo.....

The City finally sent out crews with front-end loaders and dump trucks, ripped the snow from curbside, and dumped the snow where it would go away peacefully.

The rivers--Menomonee, KK, and Milwaukee, were the recipients of the snow.

These days, the City still uses the front-end loaders and dump trucks. But they cannot put the snow in the river. Noooooooooosireeeeeee!

Damn Near Russia (DNR/Wisconsin) put a halt to that ugly and horrific practice. Can't have that filthy dirty snow in our Lake, right?

Now the City piles the snow under the Hoan Bridge at the harbor.

That way, when it melts, (June or so) it will drain....

....right into Lake Michigan, just like before.

5 comments:

Amy said...

If I didn't know your blog so well, I'd be certain this is something straigh outta "The Onion"...

thoughtfulconservative said...

Too bad we can't dump it in LM any more; might have been a way for Waukesha to return the water we use.

Dean

gymdawg said...

Most of the snow will melt this weekend when both the dew point and the temperatures reach well into the 40s.

Billiam said...

Dad don't mince phrases. The DNR can properly be called the neo-Brownshirts.

Anonymous said...

where can companies dump the stuff when their property is full? I haven't found anything on google for it!