The National Guard Steps in for Snow Clean Up

Tuesday's historic storm left many in the area in this situation.The state however has officially come to rescue but community cooperation is still necessary to dig out the region.

"I think the biggest problem that we faced is obviously all the stranded vehicles that have been on there and you can't get the plows through there," said Mayor Rob Palmieri.

Hundreds of cars were left abandoned on the streets of Central New York Tuesday after record snow fall-- two days later and plows still haven't been able to clear many streets.

"At this point we're probably about 80% and that's this morning, we want to make sure that we're open all the way specifically with the kids coming back from school."this morning agencies such as nautical police, Utica fire, Oneida County Emergency Services, Homeland Security, the National Guard and Utica Mayor Rob Palmieri met to discuss snow clean up.

"People came together and we're taking a bad situation and making it a relatively a good opportunity for us to work collectively with all these different agencies."

Palmieri says while the state isn't aiding financially, he's thankful for the extra equipment the state is providing.
"We're very grateful for that at this time, the national guard out with the ufd clearing up all the fire hydrants that are out there and hopefully helping any of the residents that we could kind of push their vehicles so that the plows could get out."
On the streets that have been plowed large mounds of snow are piling up, blocking visibility, but commissioner for The Department of Works in Utica, Dave Short, says they won't be able to remove those if cars are .
"The next stage of the operation will be snow removal and putting it into our snow farms, places throughout the city."

Mayor Palmieri has reiterated that the snow emergency is still in place until further notice, so that means any cars parked on the street risk tickets or being towed.


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