Residents Dig Out After Snowstorm

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CLEVELAND -- After getting dumped on with nearly a foot of snow, residents living in and around Cleveland began the process of digging out on Friday.

The City of Cleveland had 55 crews working to clear residential zones and will work around the clock to keep the main and secondary roads clear with more snow coming.

The city is reporting that the primary and secondary roads are in fair to good condition and traffic is moving effectively throughout town.

"We've been out here for a solid hour, so you start with your sidewalk, then you dig out your car and this is actually our second time in the last three days digging out cars," said Jason Murphy of Cleveland.

Starting at 8:00 a.m. Friday, 43 City of Cleveland snow plows spent the day clearing the side streets and secondary roadways and residents spent the day clearing their sidewalks and driveway.

"To much for me. I can hardly handle it and they are talking about more. I don't know what I'm going to do after that because I have no where to put it," James Bady of Cleveland said.

Driving around town wasn't nearly as bad as it was on Thursday afternoon, but getting around on foot, like William Jones, that is another story.

"I've been in the house for two days and it surprised me. I didn't think it was this deep, but it's a mess," said Jones. "If you're walking in the street, just watch yourself behind you or whatever because it's a little too deep to walk on the sidewalk."

"I walk the dog every night and it's tough when people don't shovel, so you enjoy it when they do, but there is not enough of us," added Bill Wallrath.

A parking ban was in effect for the City of Cleveland and police were out enforcing the policy.

"It's a real bummer. I came out and it's stuck in your door and you kind of feel punished for the bad weather," Murphy said.

Now that it appears old man winter is here to stay for the immediate future, most people are ready to see it go.

"Yeah, but we have a while for that, just like I thought the Browns would beat Pittsburgh, that didn't happen," said Jones.


"Oh yeah, it seems like it is endless, it's getting old," Wallrath said.


A good reminder to dress warm if you are heading out to clear those driveways and sidewalks and be sure to check on neighbors and friends who may need assistance especially with the bitter cold temperatures on their way.

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