Updated 01/10/2011 11:51 PM
New Yorkers, Airlines Prepare For Another Winter Storm
New Yorkers are buying storm supplies and several major U.S. airlines are warning of delays and cancellations, as they brace for the snow that will fall on the city between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. NY1's Erica Ferrari filed the following report.
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There were still patches of snow and ice on the sidewalks in Brooklyn Heights on Monday from the last blizzard, and residents were bracing themselves for another storm.
An estimated five to nine inches of snow will fall from Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.
The Sanitation Department has declared a snow alert starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, when they will break out the salt spreaders and plows once again.
In Brooklyn Heights, plows took days to clear the streets. At least one car on Hicks Street still had not been dug out, and Brooklynites were bracing for the worst.
"It's going be here, the plows and people don't shovel the sidewalks. I'm 60, I have slipped a couple of times, so I'm going to stay in," said resident Lenore Mitchell.
Many residents were out Monday night, stocking up on salt.
"We want to be sure that we're able to get out of the house if we need to," said one buyer.
"Got to be prepared, you know," said another.
City officials testified Monday that they better prepared this time, but some Brooklyn residents were still skeptical.
"It'll come up now, and they'll say they'll do this and that, and in a month whoever was the cause of the problem will be reprimanded again, and it'll be all over," said one local.
"The ball was dropped last time. I think they'll do a better job this time," said another.
The city released a 15-point action plan Monday, aimed at fixing the problems that made the last storm such a nightmare for so many.
Meanwhile, several major U.S. airlines are warning of delays and cancellations and are waiving fees for customers who want to change flights because of the winter weather.
United Airlines, Continental and JetBlue say customers scheduled to fly in or out of the Northeast from January 11-13 can rebook their flights without paying the usual fee.
Several other airlines, including Delta and AirTran, have made similar announcements.
Thousands of flights have already been canceled, with Delta scrubbing one-fourth of its schedule.