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Crews hard at work clearing abundance of snow

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Albany/HV: Crews hard at work clearing abundance of snow
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After getting hit with two major snow storms in one week, clearing the snow is certainly a process. As Maria Valvanis tells us, many residents are wondering when they will see progress in their neighborhood.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- You don't usually think of walking as a dangerous mode of transportation, but with the recent snow, pedestrians have had to use extra caution on the roads.

"Sometimes it's an obstacle course to get to work," said Kathy Romero.

Paul VanDeusen added, "I generally walk in the middle of the streets."

Lately, VanDeusen's usual tracks have been covered with Mother Nature's latest mess.

"I'd rather watch out for a car than break a leg or arm slipping," he added.

Mayor Kathy Sheehan says property owners have 24 to clear off sidewalks in front of their homes and businesses 24 hours after the snow stops. Even when sidewalks are shoveled, actually getting to them is another issue.

Sheehan said, "You're getting out of your car and you can't get to the sidewalk because there's a mound of snow that's been pushed there."

It's a similar scene at bus stops.

"People can't even stand at the bus stop. They have to climb over four feet of snow, and they've got to stand in the street," said Michael Witt.

Sheehan says the next operation for the Department of General Services is to get rid of snow in areas where it is piled too high. However, it's going to take cooperation from everyone.

"We're looking at how do we find ways to help people comply to target problem areas, its frustrating for everyone. We haven't had a snow storm of this magnitude in quite some time," she said.

Witt added, "I come over and do what I can for the elderly neighbors, but like you said, its frustrating."

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