Snow Drifts Cause Problems For Residents, Businesses

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow was so deep in some areas Tuesday, it stranded drivers, keeping tow trucks constantly busy. But neighboring streets appeared clear. It's because the storm brought more than just snow.

"I've seen more snow, we've had more ice in the past. But the wind... this is bad," said Goddard resident Tim Myers.

For Myers, the wind made shoveling his driveway an especially tough task.

"This afternoon I just couldn't believe when I opened up the garage door and it was three feet deep in places. So I was really surprised," said Myers.

In Andover, the city sent out a warning to drivers to stay off the road. The city says some neighborhood streets are seemingly impassable because of the blowing snow.

Large snow drifts also impacted businesses, which kept Jeff Vat of Quality Construction and Remodeling working to clear them from parking lots throughout the day.

"I just have to keep moving them from place to place because you move them and they come back an hour later," said Vat.

Vat said he had seen drifts piling up to five feet high, making clearing them a daunting task, especially with extreme wind chills.

"What's bad about this one is the cold, it's just so bitterly cold out right now," said Vat.

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