More snow slows Chicago's blizzard cleanup

February 6, 2011 4:03:02 PM PST
A couple more inches of snow fell on Chicago Sunday as residents are still working to dig out from last week's blizzard.

"Traveling just around here and trying to park and trying to walk are very difficult. There's no place to put the stuff once you clear it away. So, I don't know, you just do the best you can," said Lincoln Park resident Bob Amos.

Sunday morning's snowfall did not make it easy for firefighters charged with locating and freeing weather trapped hydrants.

Or, for residents who once again took to their streets to rid themselves of the remnants of our winter blast.

"I worked three-and-a-half, four hours on Wednesday. So I'll do the whole neighborhood and driveways. It's not problem," said Hyde Park resident Bob Wentink.

Neighborhoods all over the Chicago area remain besieged by the snow in some way, as many hoped it would be cleared soon.

On Sunday afternoon, in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, thoroughfares actually were made passable by cleanup crews already working marathon hours.

"They're finally clearing it. I can't believe how long it's taken. I was just talking to some friends at church that Hyde Park seems to be the last one," said Hyde Park resident Sharla Stewart.

It was just a few days ago that the area was hit by the Blizzard of 2011, and its the images of people stranded in their cars by the snow on Lake Shore Drive that have United States senators Durbin and Kirk both voicing concerns.

"During the most recent blizzard, we dodged a bullet," said Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill. "Lake Shore Drive is a key federal artery and next to a federal waterway."

The lawmakers have asked officials to consider the impact waves could have at several weak spots along our lakefront and how to beef up shoreline protections against future severe weather.

"We're at the lowest water point in Lake Michigan in 20 years," said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill. "If the water levels were like 20 years ago, there could have been damage done during the blizzard to Lake Shore Drive."

City officials issued a statement Sunday announcing that they had to divert 174 plow trucks away from side streets that were being cleared and send them back on to major roadways like Lake Shore Drive.

Meanwhile, CPS plans to resume school bus service Monday. That should help increase attendance, which was down dramatically Friday after more than 24,000 students were left without a ride to school.