Most streets should be passable today. Additional equipment has been brought in to help remove snow, including loaders with chains, a blower, and a snow cat is arriving today. Some situations will take longer to get to, such as cul-de-sacs. Please continue to be patient. This is an unprecedented amount of snow to remove since the beginning of the development of SunCrest. The City has adequate personnel and equipment for normal snow removal but this storm has required some additional resources.
Some SunCrest residents have expressed concerns about emergency responder access. Following is a message from Draper City Fire Chief Clint Smith:
Draper City Fire had some delayed responses in SunCrest yesterday due to the significant snowfall. In a few cases our personnel had to hike to the patient through the snow as the roads were impassable to our equipment. We have been in constant communication with our City Administration and Public Works department and working with them on a plan to ensure we have the best access possible on the main streets of the SunCrest area.
In addition to our coordinated efforts with Public Works, we have been in contact with both Utah County and Salt Lake County Search and Rescue teams and made them aware of our access challenges. We have been provided direct numbers to contact them and deploy them to assist us in getting to and transporting patients out of impacted areas. They have the necessary equipment to make this possible and are happy to provide those services to us if needed.
This unprecedented snow event has been a challenge for us but we have been working tirelessly to ensure we have the ability to respond to those in need with the support of many local partners.
Update 2/22/23, 5:24 PM - Due to the continual snowfall over the past 24 hours and the tremendous amount of snow accumulating from this storm, pushing snow with plows has become less effective in your area. Crews are now primarily using a loader to remove snow, which takes more time. Our public works department has reached out to contacts outside of the City to access additional loaders and operators, which are scheduled for this evening.
Because of these circumstances we do not have an estimate yet as to when crews will get to snow removal on secondary streets. However, work will continue throughout the night and we will provide a situational update tomorrow morning.
Please continue to help each other as neighbors as much as you can.
Conditions in the neighborhoods of SunCrest have forced our snow plowing crews to change how they normally operate. The drifting is so severe, the trucks are getting stuck. In all of the narrower neighborhoods they are going to have to use a blower to try and clear down the middle of the road. They are also chaining up a loader to help. There have been so many trucks getting stuck, there has been a skeleton crew operating since before 6 AM. We ask for your patience as we work to resolve these challenges.
Also, please remember that lower priority roads, including cul-de-sacs, will not be plowed until it stops snowing and drivers can get caught up.