First it was snow, now the sand put down to help with traction during the storm is causing a mess on sidewalks and streets.
Wichita Public Works said a group of six street sweepers and two dump trucks are working to clean up the dirty, hazardous mess.
"First of all, people are probably not going to see us because for safety and efficiency we are sweeping at night," said director Joe Pajor. "When we are sweeping, we are sweeping primarily in between the driving lanes, which is where most of the sand accumulates. Also, the left turn bays and the two way left turn lanes. Those are areas where there's a lot of sand. We're going to sweep that sand first, then we'll come back around to the curb. So the last foot from the gutter, we're going to make a second pass for that."
That's the latest on Wichita streets. As for the sidewalks, that's left up to you. Businesses and homeowners are in charge of cleaning off the sand from sidewalks near their property and the city asks you not to just sweep it off to the street.
Some KWCH viewers asked, where do we put the pounds of sand gathered near our home?
The City of Wichita said this sand can simply be thrown away.
"Don't overload your trash container," said Pajor. "But you can put it in your trash container."
Just make sure to check the bottom of your trash container for the weight limit. As long as you don't exceed that limit, you should be safe.
He also tells Eyewitness News the sand can be spread over your yard.
"It ends up in the turf and grass anyway, and we don't see any widespread problem that that's creating,"he said. "So if a person wanted to spread it in their yard, that would be one way to dispose of it."
There is no time frame for the city to have streets cleared of the winter left behinds, but said right now that is the priority.
"At this point, we've suspended all of our regular street sweeping operations and we're putting 100% of our capacity on the snow emergency routes and getting those cleaned up," said Pajor. "It doesn't look good, it creates a potential hazard, so we want to get it swept up."
Once the sand is collected, it will be sifted through to see what can be recycled.
"As we pick the sand up we're taking it back to our yards and evaluating it to see if we can reuse it as sand, if we can reuse it as sand that's the best use. If we're not able to do that we'll still use it at the Brooks construction demolition landfill as cover material. So it will still have a beneficial use once we get it picked up."