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A Bobcat tractor is wedged next to mailboxes on 79th Street in Cottage Grove after last week's snowfall, evidence of the challenges of snow removal after two storms dropped a significant amount of snow in the south Washington County. Bulletin photo by Scott Wente.

After the storms: Cities still digging out

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Two significant snowfall in as many weeks left Cottage Grove officials urging residents to help the city by digging out fire hydrants from deep snow banks.

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Up to 18 inches of snow dumped in the Dec. 11 blizzard left most of the city's 1,300 fire hydrants buried in snow after plow trucks cleared the roadways. That presents a danger, Cottage Grove Public Safety officials say, by making it difficult for fire crews to get needed water in the event of a house fire.

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