Officials in La Crosse ask homeowners to keep sidewalks, hydrants clear from snow

Snow can create safety concerns with left unattended

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Area firefighters need the community’s help to keep everyone safe this winter.

Snow is once again blanketing our area and a build up of snow could create problems at fire hydrants.

Community members are asked to adopt a hydrant and keep if clear of snow.

Snow can build up not only from snow fall, but from snow that is cleared off roads by snowplows.

A few minutes can keep homes and people safe in an emergency.

“It’s very critical that for fire when we respond that we have the ability to locate fire hydrants so that we can quickly establish a water supply. Most of the time on any significant, the water on our truck alone is not going to be enough,” said La Crosse Fire Department Captain Jim Hillcoat.

Snow should be cleared by three feet in all directions surrounding the hydrant.

While your shovel is out, make sure that your sidewalk is clean as well.

The City of La Crosse requires that snow and ice needs to be cleared from sidewalks within 24 hours after snow stops falling.

Snow build up can be a hazard, especially to elderly and disabled citizens.

Homeowner will be charged a fee for every foot of shoveling if a sidewalk is not cleared.

There is also an additional fee to have the sidewalk cleared.