Removal of snow near fire hydrants discussed

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By Correne Martin

Coincidently, last week’s snowstorm arrived one week after the Prairie du Chien Police and Fire Commission discussed removal of snow from around city fire hydrants. The conversation centered around who takes responsibility over removing the snow.

According to Prairie du Chien Fire Chief Harry Remz, it is the city’s territory. However, the city is asking for cooperation from its residents and property owners in taking care of snow around the hydrants in their neighborhoods, if possible.

“If you’re right there shoveling the sidewalk, we would greatly appreciate it if you can just clear the snow from around the hydrant at the same time. And if you are unable to move the snow, maybe you can ask the person who shovels for you,” Remz said. “It’s a matter of public safety.”

Remz noted that, during a recent house fire, the nearest fire hydrant was buried in the snow, which had hardened, making it more difficult and time consuming to get to the hydrant in the time of emergency.

Property owners and residents who cannot remove the snow around hydrants can contact the city office at 326-6406 to let city staff know.

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