Snow removal continued for a second day in Mohawk Valley municipalities after a storm dropped up to a total of two feet of snow throughout the region on Sunday and Monday.
Residents shoveled, plowed or used snowblowers to pile up more snow on top of already towering snow banks around their homes in the aftermath of one of the worst March storms the state has seen. Some, however, kept a positive attitude.
“It’s going well today. Everybody’s out getting things cleaned up. We’re getting the banks cut back and widening the streets,” Ilion Mayor John Stephens said on Tuesday. “We’re still asking for people’s cooperation, though we don’t have the snow emergency, that there is still no overnight parking in the streets.”
Stephens said the village got help from the light, water and fire departments to help with plowing. The mayor said he even got behind the wheel to help do plowing throughout the village.
“There was a lot of snow,” he said. “This was a good one. It was wet, heavy snow and everybody pitched in to help.”
Stephens also asked for people to be vigilant if they see a fire hydrant buried in the snow to shovel it out. “If they have one in their area, it would be most appreciated,” he said. “Also, a reminder to people that they are responsible for their sidewalks.”
Peter Macri, the village of Herkimer’s street superintendent, said Monday his crews would be working 12-hour shifts for the remainder of the week to keep the streets and sidewalks cleared.
Village officials in Mohawk have asked residents to help with snow removal and shovel the sidewalks around their homes. Clerk Judy Bray said the equipment used for sidewalk snow removal broke down.
Some people decided to walk on the streets in places where the sidewalks were not plowed, though in some cases the roads were still covered in snow and slush making it difficult to walk through. Others decided to take their chances walking through snowbanks to get to their destinations.
Haylea Barse said while walking home from school in Mohawk the sloppy roads were a bit of a nuisance. “With all the slush and the cars going by, they hit you with all the water and everything,” she said. “It’s really annoying.”