Some Columbus Residents Still Waiting For Snow Plows


UPDATED: Wednesday February 5, 2014 11:28 PM

The sweet sound of scraping pavement rings out along Pennsylvania Avenue.  It's victory for Louis Jessing as he heaves one of the last shovelfuls of snow onto a giant pile. 

Earlier, he had this to say to a passing neighbor,  "She said, 'Merry Christmas.'  I said,  'This is a gift I'll give back to you.'"

Jessing's fiancee sets to work on the actual car.

"There's snow, then when you get under the snow is a fourth of an inch of ice all over the car,"  said Diana Harris.

Just down the block, a hefty shove from neighbors gets one car to finally budge.  That's been a common sight. 

Columbus city plows have an enormous task when a storm like this hits. 

They have to clear almost 6400 miles of roadway, more than Cleveland and Cincinnati combined. 

They tackle state routes, arterial streets, collector streets then finally residential. 

This winter hasn't been good for Pennsylvania Avenue.

"This has probably been the worst one in my 28 years,"  said Ben Pollock.

Andrew Suzo would likely agree with his neighbor.  His car never even moved today.

"My door was frozen shut with a thick layer of ice and I wasn't able to get in to get to work.  I had to strap on the boots and make the walk,"  said Suzo.

As night sets in, freezing is the new problem.  The city says ice and snow on roads makes plowing even harder. 

That's not something Rebekah Reames wants to hear.  "This would be the third time today I dug myself out. I did it first this morning when I parked over there and dug myself out of that spot.  Then the parking lot at work, the snow plow man plowed me into my spot.  So I dug it out to come home and then got stuck getting in my parking spot again.  It's been a debacle of a day."

The city of Columbus plows all streets once we get more than 4 inches of snow.  The assistant public works director says there's no telling how long it will take to make that happen.

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