The City of Fargo Public Works Department is anticipating 250 truck loads of snow to be removed from Fargo's downtown area.
That's normal for any major snow event. As the army of yellow trucks gears up for the first storm of the season in the next few days, they're partnering with the Downtown Business Improvement District to remind downtown store owners of how they can help out.
"We're just asking business owners and people who clean snow downtown just to not hide the snow. Just put it where we can get it," says Public Works Supervisor Lee Anderson.
That means not leaving snow in piles like they have been in the past. "Operation: Remove the Ridge" encourages downtown store owners to follow existing practices to make snow removal more efficient.
The idea behind the program is for downtown snow to be shoveled from the sidewalk and pushed just off the curb so that it's easily removed by Public Works. From there, the snow can be pushed into the middle of the streets and loaded into trucks.
Downtown Unglued Store Owner Ashley Morken is excited for everyone to be on the same page.
"I think it's great that they're doing this to improve the community's experience downtown," she says.
She doesn't mind the bit of extra effort.
"What we have to do as retailers is super simple. It's just pushing our snow to the side of the street, over the sidewalk," she says.
It's a small effort to make a big impact.
"There's a lot of snow to move. Hundreds of truckloads," says Anderson.