Leftover Snow Piles Up In Westchester Communities

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Piles of plowed snow narrow roadways in Westchester. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
Westchester rooftops are packed with up to a foot or more of snow with property owners having to remove the weight. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore
Unplowed streets and snowed in cars in Yonkers. Photo Credit: Susan Boland Garcin
The Hastings-on-Hudson Department of Public Works used Monday's Presidents Day holiday to begin removing piled up snow from its downtown streets. Photo Credit: Danny LoPriore

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- With 60 inches or more of snow having fallen on Westchester this winter, municipalities continue to dig out as the area gets its first warming trend this week with the hope that some of the snow will melt.

Piles of dirty snow line streets throughout the county, narrowing roadways, limiting walkways and public parking and making travel more difficult.

In Yonkers, many secondary roads are filled with snow moguls as high as 5 and 6 feet and many parked cars remained captive under the icy mounds. Susan Boland Garcin has had to navigate her street.

"Our street is very narrow and with snow piling up, it's really harder to park without taking up too much room," Garcin said. "You can't get near a curb."

Snow has also weighed down rooftops, causing at least one building collapse in which the American Legion Post 1048 in Dobbs Ferry was destroyed Saturday night.

Village, town and city departments of public works gave been working virtually non-stop over the past several weeks as the area has been hit with several major snow events. Sub freezing temperatures have not allowed accumulations to melt off.

Gayle Williams, who lives in Greenburgh, said snow pileups vary throughout the county.

"Greenburgh isn't too bad, but New Rochelle is awful," Williams said.

New Rochelle asked residents to assist in the cleanup.

"You can help by moving cars from the street where possible, digging out fire hydrants near your home or business, and observing no parking restrictions downtown to allow nighttime snow removal," a city notice requested. "Also, when shoveling out, please do not throw snow into the street."

Robert Vargas of Tarrytown said keeping the streets passable has made parking a problem as he dug out his car for the fourth time this month.

"I dig out and the plows come by and put the snow back against the cars," Vargas said. "Then we shovel and throw the snow back on the street because we have no place left to pile it up. Hopefully, we'll get some warmer weather this week."


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its ridiculous, i fell holding my two year old child trying to cross the street after dropping my kindergartner off at school the walkways should AT LEAST be taken care of. if my baby would have gotten hurt bad i definitely would have sued the city.


what I love is look at the picture and they expect you to still feed the meters.....what a joke you can't even get close to them.

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