Day 4: Plows Struggle to Keep Up
In the past 15 years the population in Columbia has grown by almost 23,000 and city officials are working to decide if more snow plows are needed.
"This is a decision that the city has to make and so have we grown enough to have additional snow plows, probably. But, how often do we use them and you also have to look at the other things we do during the summer. Would they be sitting all the time or we would use them for snow removal only," John Glascock from Columbia Public Works said.
Several side roads including Old Plank Road have still not been plowed. City officials said motorists have been driving cautiously and buckling up.
"No serious accidents to report this morning so people are obviously taking it slow and driving defensively, just getting a little big frustrated I think with the amount of time it took them to get to their destination," Emergency Manager Steven Sapp said.
With more than 450 miles of road in Columbia, city officials hope they will have the roads cleared within 72 hours.