A day of digging out

Created: 03/13/2014 5:18 PM WHEC.com
By: Brett Davidsen

It was a day of digging out. And when you have narrow streets like in the city, a blizzard doesn’t give you many places to put all that snow. People in the Park Avenue neighborhood found that out Thursday morning as they tried to dig their cars out. 

A day after the Blizzard of 2014, many people found themselves plowed in. While the main roads were in praiseworthy shape, the city admits the side streets Thursday were more of a problem because of the lack of off-street parking and people not adhering to the alternating side of street rule.

Karen St. Aubin, City Environmental Service Operations, said, “That's really what hinders us. If you don't adhere to the parking regulations then we have a problem getting through. Even one car parked in the wrong place on one street can cause a problem." 

News10NBC witnessed a variety of methods of unburying cars. People tried shoveling, even kicking the snow away. Thomas Carpitella didn’t dress for the job and really didn’t have the right tools either.

Thomas Carpitella said, "This is the first real big blizzard I think I’ve been a part of here. I'm really not too happy with the way my car is sitting, but hey, there's really nothing you can do when it snows like this outside."

Danny Catan, a St. John Fisher student from Atlanta lives on Vassar Street, a notoriously narrow road. 

Catan said, "Cold. My hands are gone. I can't feel my hands. But I’m being pretty lazy about it. I'm just trying to ram this snow through.”

But were it not for the goodwill of a tow truck driver passing by, there’s no telling how long it may have taken.

David Tiefert said, “We’re pretty busy. I know at one point this morning we were about three hours behind and we have 28 trucks on the road all day today."

If you’re parked on the street, the city asks that you follow the alternate side of the street rule so that they can get their plows through and make sure these streets are cleared of snow.

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