Snow Banks Too High To See Over? Get Used To It

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In Watertown, just about every corner is a blind one.

Drivers inch out - trying to peek past imposing snow banks, fingers crossed. 

If you're one of those drivers, get used to it.

Cutting away those snow banks isn't easy after a December ice storm left behind a lot of fallen trees and branches.

"We don't know what's in that area between the sidewalk and the curb.  We ask people not to put brush in there. So you start going down blowing and run into a fairly good sized branch. It's not good for the equipment," said Peter Monaco, assistant superintendent of the Watertown Department of Public Works.

Snow banks in Watertown on average are 4 or 5 feet tall.

That makes seeing anything around a corner difficult.

Another obstacle besides cars, is pedestrians and especially school children.

Improving areas where there are a lot of those, is high on the DPW's list.

"We're going to start picking away the school zones and we got some streets that are extremely narrow," said Monaco.

The city Codes Department is also fighting to keep up.

Since not cleaning your sidewalk after a snowstorm is against the law, Code Enforcement Supervisor Shawn McWayne is buried in complaints regarding those that haven't.

"We've sent out 46 of them in the past week and the post office is sending in more on a daily basis," said McWayne.

If you don't clean your sidewalk, it could cost you at least $150.

The city fire department is also asking people to help by shoveling out fire hydrants.

Monday, December 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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