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City inspectors directing, monitoring street plowing

At least 30 inspectors per shift are directing plows to city streets and then verifying that the work was completed, according to Howard Libit, a spokesman for Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

The inspectors, working a 12-hour shift, are a new addition to the city's recovery effort, under a plan developed after the back-to-back snow storms of 2010 that hit Baltimore shortly after Rawlings-Blake took office.

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Libit said lessons learned in 2010 guided planning for this story. Among them: identifying dump sites in advance where snow could be deposited, and lining up three times as many pieces of equipment than it previously had on-hand such as trucks, plows and salt spreaders. The police and the transportation department also had access to more than 100 front-wheel drive vehicles.

The city continuously cleared main roads during the storm, he said.

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"Some jurisdictions wait to plow until the end of the storm," Libit said. "We never wanted to be plowing more than six inches of snow" at any time.

Crews also have been given more capability to remove fallen trees, he said.

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