Alliant Energy Warns of Snow Drift Risks

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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By Katie Wiedemann

CUBA CITY, Wisconsin - Alliant Energy is warning homeowners about those snow drifts left behind after Sunday's blizzard-like storm. The mounds of snow lying against your house could be dangerous for your family.

Across the Mississippi River in Cuba City Wisconsin, massive snow drifts remain piled up along the sides of homes. On Facebook, The Herber Family posted pictures of snow piles as tall as their front door.
The photos captivated their friends on social media.

But as mesmerizing as mother nature can be, Alliant Energy says the drifts can also be dangerous.

"If the furnace vents get clogged, all that exhaust that the furnace puts out could end up back inside your house. And if your furnace isn't working properly, it could fill your house with carbon monoxide," Alliant Energy Spokesperson Justin Foss said.

In addition to clearing those vents, Alliant asks customers to clear snow from their gas meters.

"Not only could it stop working, it could malfunction and put your family at risk, " Foss said.

Instead of a hard shovel, Foss recommends costumers use a soft broom to clear the snow away. Foss says a broom will not break the equipment.

A welcomed warning for families feeling buried inside their homes.

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