New Yorkers Race To Dig Out Their Homes And Cars Before Deep Freeze – CBS New York

New Yorkers Race To Dig Out Their Homes And Cars Before Deep Freeze – CBS New York

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Slippery roads and sidewalks remain a concern Sunday in New York City.

The sound of New Yorkers digging out echoed through the five boroughs.

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Wayne Kiladitis got to work as soon as the storm passed, trying to prevent snow plows from boxing him in.

“They pile up the snow against the cars. And the temperature can do down and turn it to ice. So it’s better to get it done now,” he said.

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In Whitestone, Queens, Luca Antonelli’s construction equipment came in hand. His neighborhood received some of the highest snow totals in the city — up to 9 inches.

“These two buildings here, and that’s all. Then, I’m going to help some people out if I can,” he said. “Then we go home, we have a nice drink, serve some soup and relax.”

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After a hard day of work, the line to refuel at the Sanitation garage in Long Island City, Queens snaked around the block. Crews described the challenges they faced during their 12 hour shifts.

“On the Long Island Expressway, when you get off the tunnel, you couldn’t make it up. Halfway up, a lot of cars had to turn around,” said Hamde Zeibeia, of Fresh Meadows, Queens.

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With the winds whipping, multiple passes were needed to clear the roads.

But in Astoria Park, it wasn’t the sound of shovels or snow blowers, but of laughter that filled the air.

“Today is a big winter day. I’m having fun,” Amnin Aouchiche said.

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It was a snow day that brought out the kid in everyone.

The Sanitation Department asks that when clearing off cars, don’t put the snow in the street or bike lanes. Instead, put it against a building or on the curb.


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