Where does the snow go? In Baltimore, to the races


BALTIMORE (AP) — No horses are galloping along the tracks at Pimlico this time of year, but there is plenty of racing going on.

Baltimore officials and assisting agencies scrambled to get the city moving Tuesday in the wake of a monstrous storm that dumped more than two feet of snow onto the streets, and chose Pimlico Race Course as their primary staging area.

Dump trucks were streaming in and out of the race course, depositing mountains of snow into the lot. Jim Bolen, a public information officer for an incident management team from Butler County, Ohio, which is helping the city with storm recovery, said the Pimlico site is one of three snow storage facilities in the city.

On Northern Parkway, a pair of massive snow blowers on loan from Boston Mayor Marty Walsh could be seen clearing snow piled along the streets.

At nearby Pimlico, more than 500 people operating hundreds of pieces of equipment were checking in and out, receiving assignments and being dispatched to areas across the city to clear snow and transport it back to Pimlico, where it’s being melted to 32-degree water. The snow melter on the premises can process 60 tons of snow per hour, Bolen said.

A second incident management team from Indiana was expected to arrive in the afternoon.

“We’re making progress,” Bolen said. “There’s still a lot to be done. It’s a remarkable operation.”

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