Mardi Gras cleanup moved up because of storm

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The powerful winter storm expected Saturday comes right as Mardi Gras is winding down in Soulard.

That wintry mix means city crews are making adjustments for clean-up.

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The huge street party that is Mardi Gras will have some early guests this year, the City of St. Louis street sweepers.

Sure the roads look fine now, but we know the tons of trash Mardi Gras revelers leave behind. Normally, city crews wait until midnight, even 1 a.m. to start tackling the mess, but Saturday night they have to beat the storm.

They're starting the street sweepers at around 10 p.m.

"We think we can get a majority of that trash up," said Todd Waelterman, director of the street department. "Because the fear is, if the trash is still there it could be there for a week or better, you know, once we get six, eight inches of snow on top of it."

Trash clean-up takes about four hours. The city is also pre-treating the streets in the area so the street sweepers don't go slip-sliding as they pick up the trash.


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