Frustration With Slow Snow Removal

- As of noon on Tuesday, 80 percent of Philadelphia’s roads were “passable,” the office of the mayor said. In addition, all primary roads completed, while all secondary roads are “passable.”

However, residents all over the city are expressing rising frustration that their streets haven't been plowed. 


It will soon be three full days since the last flakes fell, and the city reports 80 percent of residential streets are now passable. Good news if you're among the 80 percent.

But from Juniata to Mount Airy to West Oak Lane, we didn't have to look far to find the other 20%.

Patience is wearing thin.

For some it's an inconvenience.  For others, having a car that can move is a necessity.  On the 6400 block on Lensen Street in Mt. Airy, this woman tells us she's trying to get to the hospital, but her ride can't get to her.

On the 1600 Block of Worrell Street in Juniata, neighbors have been digging out with shovels.  From her doorway, this woman, who suffers from seizures, is worried.

 “It's a big concern, for me it's the not knowing if they can get here to help me out in time or, you know, my mother is 82. It scares her when I have them,” Jill Murphy said.

Many tell us-- they've seen the city plows passing by without stopping.

“This is every year. Look how clear Upsal Street is. They really went over Upsal Street so many times, how come we couldn't even get one. If you guys come down at least once, cars can ride down and we can make our own path. We need some type of help, and no one is doing anything.

Oddly, we've seen trash trucks driving through trying to collect garbage.. when what else folks really want is a snow plow.

We caught this city's plow moving snow on Elston Street.. for about one minute.  Then it was gone.

Frustration has grown over the past 24 hours, even among those who've dug their cars out, and now are trying to maneuver narrow streets.

“Having people out here ready to fight, trying to just get home. Care about certain parts of the city, and not caring about us.”

The remaining focus, the mayor’s office said, is on residential streets. The city is committing to their past-stated goal of having all through streets passable by end of day Wednesday.

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