The recent snow storm has forced the City of Iowa City to switch from leaf vacuuming to snow operations.

Iowa City saw eight inches of snow on Sunday, with more continued cold temperatures in the forecast. The City uses the same trucks and crews for leaf vacuuming as it does for clearing snow. Trucks have been winterized and will remain converted for plowing and salting for the rest of the winter season.

“Mother Nature was not on our side this year,” Streets Superintendent Brock Holub said. “We would have liked to continue the leaf program, but clearing roads and keeping them safe for travel is now our priority.”

The leaf vacuum was originally scheduled to end on Wednesday, Nov. 21. The City announced on Nov. 16 that it would extend the program, weather permitting, and that it could end at any time. Unusually late snowfall in 2017 allowed the program to continue into the middle of December, when a record number of leaves were collected. 

If you are concerned about leaves being left behind, they can be placed at the curb in paper yard waste bags, or in your yard waste container for collection on your regular curbside service day through January. The Iowa City Landfill's compost facility, located at 3900 Hebl Ave. SW, also accepts leaves at no charge to residents.

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Date of publication

Monday, November 26, 2018