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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: City dealing with old snow as new storm moves in

Monday, February 15th, 2010

This story was written by Rich Lord, based on his reporting and that of Paula Reed Ward, Jim McKinnon, Vivian Nereim, Pohla Smith, Mark Belko, Teresa Lindeman, Joyce Gannon and Erich Schwartzel.

With a repeat blast of snow forecast for today, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl on Monday ordered a scramble to plow and salt residential streets, even as snowbound residents and traffic-tortured commuters fumed at persistently bad roads.

Drivers said they understood the historic nature of the storm that left 21 inches of mostly wet snow across the region, then deep-froze the compressed base. But they still faulted the city for what some felt was a tardy response.

"Almost two feet of snow, where do you put it?" said Jason Lazar, of Greenfield, who got from his Mirror Street home to his Downtown workplace by walking a mile and a half to a rendezvous point with a co-worker. "But I haven't seen a plow or salt truck in four days. I don't know where they are."

Mr. Ravenstahl acknowledged the city has had trouble clearing streets.

"We are doing everything we can and using every resource we can," Mr. Ravenstahl said after issuing a midday order to firefighters to get out the shovels and head into the neighborhoods. "This is something that hasn't happened since 1993. This is one of the toughest storms that the city has ever faced. So it's not going to go as smoothly as some would like, myself included."

Mary Marasco, 77, of South Oakland, said it took several hours and multiple ambulances to get her ailing sister to see a doctor at a hospice Monday afternoon.

 

To read more, visit the Post-Gazette website.  
 

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