LTU drives Santa to meet families in new snow removal vehicle

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — With winter weather expected for the start of Christmas week, the Department of Transportation and Utilities gave Santa a ride to two Lincoln libraries in their new snowplows.

Starting at Walt Public Library Santa meet with over 50 families before making his way to Eiseley to see more kids this afternoon.

The event was both fun and educational for all ages, allowing those who visit to get some holiday cheer and learn about the new equipment.

Director of the department Liz Elliott said that the plow shown off today was one of 11 bought last year.

“This snowplow has not yet seen a winter season,” Elliott said. “Hopefully we’ll get a bit of snow this year so we can get it out.”

She said when the plows are out on the road for drivers to give it a bit of space.

“The biggest thing with winter weather is to give some distance between vehicles, we want everyone to get home safe at night,” Elliott said.

On the utility side of winter weather, she said to remember not to let pipes freeze as the temperature begins to drop.

Those who visited Santa got to sit in the plow to see a view not many citizens get to.

Elliott said the warm atmosphere was enough to keep the cold away at today’s event.

“The community here is fabulous and they have been very excited to see Santa,” she said. “I think what they really enjoy has been the opportunity to climb inside and turn the lights on.”

With winter only a few days away, the chance for snowy conditions to become more common increases and you can expect to see the new plows out in action.

Check out Lincoln’s government website for information on snow removal and snowplow routes.


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