Storm was worst in 30 years, city staff believe

Photo by Steve Hollenback/Memory Photography

Days after the blizzard of ’09 swept through Ripon last week Wednesday, remnants of the snow and wind remained throughout town.

Rumbling roads, covered irregularly with packed snow and ice, could be found through much of the city.

Hills were covered with sledding tracks, while piles of snow could be found everywhere.

And everywhere one looked, something was plastered with a layer of snow, painted on by blustery winds.

But that’s to be expected when a storm dumps 18.3 inches of heavy, wet snow (according to certified Skywarn spotter and Ripon resident Jim Huth) followed by gusty winds.

“It was a major snow event — no question about it,” Ripon Police Chief Dave Lukoski. “We need to go back to the late ’70s since we dealt with one as powerful.”

Yet the city of Ripon employees who worked around the clock to keep the city intact believe the response went as well as could be hoped.

“We did what we could, given the situation, and that’s all you can do,” Lukoski said.

Read the full story in the Dec. 17, 2009 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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