Troy digs out from heap of snow

March 15, 2017 06:18 PM

Troy's snow emergency goes into effect at 8 a.m. Thursday morning. Some of the one-way streets are an absolute mess.

If you had to fire up the snow blower on Second Street, it was a tough day to Enjoy Troy.

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"It's hell," summed up Elizabeth Thompson, who got back from a Florida vacation just in time for the storm.

She was one of the many digging out on a tight one-way street.

Some cars were completely buried.

"The main roads aren't bad but all the side streets are horrible," noted Tony Giarraputo, who was digging out.

Even with upwards of 40 city plowing vehicles on the road. The Public Utility Supervisor Chris Wheland says there's only so much that can be done.

"As you drive down the streets, you see snow banks and there's cars underneath them. We can't plow around them. We can't move them that easily," pointed out Wheland.

The wider roads in Lansingburgh are in good shape, but until the snow emergency goes into effect, narrow streets are tough to handle.

If you look at our dump trucks, the plow width, they are very wide. It may not fit on the streets, but when you look at the size of the snowbanks, our pickup trucks are useless against it.

Contractors will haul the snow in the streets to city parking lots. You'll have to be off the odd-numbered side Thursday at 8 a.m. and off the even side at 8 a.m. on Friday.

The business district had signs up starting the snow emergency there at 8 p.m.

The guy with the snowblower on Second Street, David Graham, understands the city's struggle.

"The city does what they can, I give them a lot of credit. They knock themselves out, I mean what are they going to do where are they going to put it," he admitted.

The cleanup is just beginning, despite any wishful thinking.

"It was a hell of a storm. Spring is only a few days away. Hopefully, we’ll get a nice, sunny day and it’ll melt it all out," predicted Giarraputo.

More information:

Troy snow emergency

Other Capital Region snow emergencies


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