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8:14 PM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
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GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Snow piles along the roads are becoming a dangerous problem for drivers, but local road crews say it might be a while before they can address the issue.

The Ottawa County Road Commission has received many calls about poor visibility at intersections because of the growing snow piles, some of which are up to 15 feet tall. Road crews say they've been trying to manage the snow piles whenever possible, but their first priority is to clear the roads.

In the meantime, crews ask that drivers use caution and inch out in areas with poor visibility.

"Sight distance is a big problem and we are aware of that, it's just getting to them (snow piles) in a timely manner is another thing, when we keep getting snowfall after snowfall," says Ryan Kemppainen of the Ottawa County Road Commission.

The road commission says because more snow is forecast on Friday night, it might not be until next week that they can deal with the snow piles.

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