For the second day in a row, the city has deployed 650 pieces of snow removal equipment as crews continue clearing side streets in the wake of the 8th snowiest week on record, including a blizzard that blanketed the city in more than 19 inches of snow.
Wednesday morning, the city deployed 650 pieces of equipment to remove snow from side streets – including 315 snow plows, and 335 pieces of heavy construction equipment – to help haul away the piles of snow created by plows. In addition, the city has dispatched approximately 300 laborers to help shovel snow.
As of late Monday night, city officials said approximately 90 percent of the city’s side streets had been plowed at least once since the blizzard hit. However, there was still a lot of work to do to get the city’s side streets cleared of snow. In addition, many sidewalks have not been shoveled once since the start of the snowstorm.
A Chicago Streets and Sanitation garbage truck driver suffered a heart attack Saturday after his vehicle became stuck in alley snow and he tried to dig it out, according to an eyewitness.
Many Chicago residents were venting their frustration Friday with the pace of the city’s efforts to clear the streets of snow.
City officials said Friday that its snow plows were still “working as hard as they can” to clear the city’s side streets, but said that plows would not be sent to clear the city’s alleys.
Mayor Richard M. Daley on Thursday praised the efforts of city workers in digging out from this week’s blizzard, but said “we still have a long way to go.”
With main roads now clear and passable throughout Chicago, snow plows are working to clear the buildup from the blizzard from side streets.
If you’re waiting for your block to be plowed so you can get your car out, you’ll likely have to be patient for a while.