Snow removal is still in full gear on the second day following Winter Storm Kayla after more than a foot of snow fell in the area.
Albion City Administrator Andrew Devine said, "This snow event is probably the most significant single snow event I have seen since I have been here for the past eight years."
Devine said Bygland Dirt Contracting has played a significant role in the snow removal process.
"This snow event presented some pretty unique challenges for all of our crews - city crews, county crews. I am pretty proud of the way everyone has responded," Devine said. "We are very fortunate that we had a local contractor that has heavy equipment to help us haul all of the snow out of downtown, which is where we started our focus yesterday."
The City has been able to start on snow removal in residential areas as Bygland Dirt Contracting has continued to removed snow from the downtown area.
Brent Bygland said, "This is one of the biggest single times that we have moved snow for the City of Albion."
Bygland said that Bygland Dirt Contracting is also moving snow for the county, utilities and other townships as well.
Bygland Dirt Contracting began hauling snow yesterday with several semi trucks, several pay loaders, some straight trucks and a big earth-moving scraper apparatus. They started Wednesday and are continuing to work on it throughout Thursday.
"That has allowed our crew to get started on residential today. Our goal is to have all of the north-south streets opened up by this afternoon," Devine said. "Hopefully by tomorrow afternoon we will have the east-west routes done as well."
The City of Albion is asking citizens to be patient with this snow removal process. By keeping cars off of residential parking areas, cautiously choosing driving routes and giving the snow removal equipment plenty of room, residents can continue to make the snow removal easier.
Devine said he is proud of the Albion community's efforts and patience throughout this process.
"I am very proud of our community as a whole. From the road crews. I am really proud of our road crew response and the contractors that have been out," Devine said. "For the most part, the community did exactly what we asked them. When it was an emergency situation, they stayed home which really helped our efforts yesterday."