As the snow piled up across D.C. during the January blizzard, the District of Columbia Housing Authority property staff was doing their best to stay ahead of it.

Their 96 snow blowers, 80 salt push spreaders, 16 plows, and four salt spreader trucks spread out across every DCHA property . They used 12 tons of salt from the 20 tons that were on hand to keep ice off the streets and walkways clear.

“All foremen took home 4x4 vehicles to facilitate them getting to work and being able to pick up staff,” said Nathan Bovelle, Deputy Executive Director Operations. “We had 10 hotel rooms that slept three to keep staff in town during the storm.”

Operations staff worked tirelessly on shifts from Friday, January 22 through the following Monday so each property would be cleared of the record snowfall between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., creating more than $48,400 in overtime for just Friday and Saturday alone.

The community noticed.

One neighbor in Park Morton praised the property staff. ANC Chairman for 1A Kent Boese tweeted, “Kudos to @DC_Housing! Morton St. and sidewalks at Park Morton are among the cleanest in neighborhood. Great work team!”

ANC Commissioner for 6C06 Tony T. Goodman tweeted, “Thanks @DC_Housing for GREAT job as usual cleaning sidewalks around your 4th and M, N.E. service yard! We appreciate it!”

And while there were mechanics, maintenance workers and laborers handy to clear paths, remove snow, maintain snow plows, snow blowers and salt spreaders during the storm, all housing managers were making sure our customers were safe and warm in their homes.


DCHA staff keeping streets clear of snow.
Last modified: 2/10/2016 11:16:58 AM