Residents in Bath Beach fought a day-long battle Wednesday to keep the sidewalks clear during and after snowfall. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
With snow piled up in front of a driveway in Bath Beach, much manpower was needed to get a car out. Driveways and sidewalks around the Bath Beach neighborhood were barricaded in by snow, much of it done by snowplows, forcing residents to shovel again and again.
"The truck passes by. We keep cleaning. The truck pass by and put it back again. What are you going to do?" said one resident. "I can't get out."
"Now, they just plowed me back in and I can't get out," said another.
"It's actually really hard," said a third. "We have to always shovel."
One homeowner shoveled the crosswalk, but there was still no clear path to the street.
The mounds of snow were also preventing water to drain. Massive puddles were created.
Homeowners worried that they'll freeze.
"The problem is that the water doesn't have a place to run off to towards the drain at the end of the corner," said one homeowner. "If you notice, the snow is blocking the water, so it's just building up there."
Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty talked about the snow pileup.
"This is not new, especially when you get a lot of soft snow out there. There's a lot of slush out there," Doherty said. "The plows are moving along. They're trying to make time. That will kick over further sometimes.
Some homeowners say they're just glad that New York's strongest kept the roads clear.
"I think the city did a pretty good job," said one resident. "It's alright."
"I think they do the best job they can do. Honestly, I'm not going to complain," said another. "I've been here for 40 years. We live in the Northeast. This is what you got to expect."
The city expects home and building owners to clean their sidewalks within four hours after the snow stops falling, or face a fine.