The Big Corvallis Snow Melt

Slushy-CorvallisCORVALLIS, Ore. —  The snow is starting to melt in Corvallis, which means all the main streets in town are pretty clear, but Public Works crews are keeping an eye out for minor flooding.

The Public Works Department says crews are now working on plowing streets in residential areas.

“We have been plowing continuously for 24 hour stretches,” said Greg Gescher, the City Engineer for the City of Corvallis Public Works Department. “Our major transportation routes are in really good condition.”

He says crews were out all weekend plowing main roads and clearing roads from fallen trees and branches.

But the snow melt could take a hit on the storm drain systems.

“We’re keeping an eye on the streets for localized flooding,” Gescher said.

He says the storm drain systems could start getting clogged up if the snow melts too quickly.

Though most roads are clear, the sidewalks are a different story. Pedestrians trying to get around on Monday say it was difficult.

“It’s uncomfortable to get around to say the least,” said OSU Student Austen Henson. “It’s worse than it’s ever been. I would have rather it been the six inches of snow because this is all slushy and half the time you can’t even tell if there’s water underneath the slush. I mean my shoes are soaked right now. Absolutely soaked.”

Another pedestrian says the messy sidewalks are not preferable, but he loves the snowy weather.

“People probably should be out shoveling their sidewalks but I can understand if you don’t want to,” said OSU Student Ridge Wendt.

Public Works says it is the responsibility of adjacent property owners to clear the sidewalks in front of their homes.