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Mid-Michigan residents urged to clear snow from fire hydrants

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(01/06/14) - Snow, extreme cold and high winds - the perfect storm is blanketing Mid-Michigan.

As people begin to dig out, a plea comes from fire crews.

"Most people are aware that they have a fire hydrant in their yard and we ask for them to put forth a little effort for us and we appreciate it if they would shovel that fire hydrant out," said Flint Fire Chief David Cox Jr.

Cox says minutes matter when fighting a fire. Looking for a buried hydrant can mean crucial time lost in trying to save a home, business or life.

"The home we save might be yours," he said.

He's also asking residents to clear vehicles off city streets before plowing in Flint's residential areas begins Monday night.

"One of the difficulties is getting to a scene because the back streets are not plowed yet and fire trucks do have somewhat of a difficulty getting through the snow and we want to make sure all cars are removed from the streets," he said.

Flint Fire responded to 5 car fires overnight. All were weather related.

It's important to use caution if you do get stuck, as spinning your tires can cause overheating.

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