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The snow may have stopped, but the aftermath is still causing problems, prompting Mayor Shayne Gallo to issue a 72 hour State of Emergency extension for the City of Kingston. As crews work around the clock to clear the streets, our Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the road blocks they're encountering.
KINGSTON, N.Y. -- “With this weather and the rain anticipated, we're literally going to have a serious flooding concern throughout the city,” said Kingston’s Mayor, Shayne Gallo.
Mounting issues are arising upon mounting piles of snow.
“The way the streets are configured and the fact is people are still leaving their cars in these residential areas which is causing it nearly impossible to move the snow,” said Gallo.
DPW crews were out in full force Thursday, working to clean up. Narrow streets were making it a difficult task for fire and police vehicles to maneuver throughout the city, and the heaping snow piles were only adding to the problem.
“It’s been real tough,” said Kingston Fire Deputy Chief Donald Allen. “The snow is deep. We're having trouble locating the hydrants, but everybody's out there today. I know the DPW is on the street, the water department is on the street. We're out there shoveling hydrants.”
Kingston fire crews feeling the heat, encountering difficulties digging out this buried hydrant to fight a two-story house fire on Furnace Street
“The water department had signs that label them that stuck above the snow bank,” said Allen. “Two guys were able to dig the hydrant our quickly, we were able to get in the basement and we knocked the fire down.”
In the meantime, additional crews from Poughkeepsie were helping to free up some of this snow so workers could begin widening the roads and clearing the storm drains to alleviate future flooding concerns.
“All these issues have surfaced within the last five days because of literally the three feet of snow we’ve received,” said Gallo.
The parking restrictions have been lifted in the following areas:
•Broadway from Foxhall Ave to I-587
•Broadway from McEntee St to the Strand
•Franklin St from Broadway to Wall St
•West O’Reilly St from Broadway to Mary’s Ave
•Washington Ave from Lucas to Grandma Brown Lane
•Lucas Ave from Washington to Joy’s Lane
•Lucas Ave from Washington to Green St
•Green St from John St to St. James St.
•St. James St.
•Smith Ave from Garden St to Grand St
•West Chester St
•Hasbrouck Ave from E. Chester to O’Reilly StOdd Side Only
•Clinton Ave from Extension to Center St
•Currently working on O’Neil and TremperEven Side
•Clinton Ave from Greenkill to Clinton Ave Ext