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Seasons rewind as homeowners worry about un-raked leaves

November 16, 2018 04:45 PM

The calendar says November, but Mother Nature is rushing the arrival of December with a pre-winter snowstorm.

When people began digging out Friday, many of them quickly realized their workload might become doubly challenging.

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Just before the storm hit on Thursday, NewsChannel 13 was in Bethlehem, where town highway department crews were feverishly working to remove leaf piles.

In Latham, the Department of Public Works wasn't able to finish up the autumn leaf collection in time before their crews had to switch gears and proceed with snow removal.

That reality didn't escape homeowners -- many of whom took advantage of the nice weather over the Veteran's Day weekend to rake up their leaves.

As it turns out, just a few days later when people began to clear snow from their driveways, the leaf bags were still sitting at the roadside. Many of them had been covered with snow. Some had been knocked over by the snowplows, which caused already-raked-up leaves to be scattered again.

That's one issue that some unfortunate homeowners will have to deal with.

In addition, if the weather doesn't warm up, if there's more snow, if DPW can't revert back into leaf clean-up mode, there's concern for a less-than-stellar springtime.

Colonie DPW Comissioner Jack Cunningham tells NewsChannel 13 the odds that leaf piles will still be here in the spring are "practically zero."

The temperature is expected to warm up next week -- and Cunningham expects leaf pick up to not only resume, but to be completed as well.

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Dan Levy

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