The eastern U.S. has been hit hard over the weekend, both Washington, DC and New York City were among the cities who were hit with historic snowfalls from a massive blizzard that paralyzed much of the East Coast.
While snow managed to cripple the District of Columbia for the last four days, the Big Apple has bounced back in record time.
D.C. is still dealing with a Snow Emergency, which means some streets are closed for parking. New York City is doing just the opposite. In fact, news reports show Midtown Manhattan semi-getting back to normal on a sunny Sunday afternoon, just after the City’s second-biggest snowstorm on record; while D.C. was still trying to figure out what to do with all the snow it accumulated.
The District’s recovery got off to a slow start: Metro was shut down until Monday, and even then, it’s had limited service. It’ll have full service Tuesday, but the Silver Line will work on limited service (86 of 91 stations). The bus system will be expanded, but still be limited. The federal government has been shut down for Monday and will be closed again Tuesday. Local government was shut down Monday, and a few agencies will have a delay in reporting. Public schools were closed Monday and will remain closed Tuesday.
NYC received 26.8 inches of snow, and D.C. collected 22.4 inches, according to the National Weather Service. D.C. got less snow and still wasn’t prepared. Even with public apologies issued by Bowser, Snowzilla still managed to take a considerable bite out of the District. Being unprepared for wintry weather seems like something normal for the nation’s capital. Regardless of the national attention Mayor Muriel Bowser’s press conferences receives where she touts the city’s positive marks during the storm’s aftermath, residents still are complaining about the streets, and the city’s overall ability of being ahead of the curve.
The mayor has said the city’s snow crews have worked all Saturday night and Sunday, plowing main roads and were just getting to secondary roads and neighborhoods Monday afternoon. Bowser pleaded that while residents were home Monday, they should shovel their sidewalks and clear snow from their cars because the cleanup would take the rest of the week.
“What I don’t understand is the city requires us to have the snow cleared from our walkways and sidewalks within 8 hours of daylight after the storm has stopped,” said Kyle Dawson lll, “but here it’s been almost three days since the snow has stopped, and the city has only sent one truck through to plow my street? I guess those people in the mayor’s office and city hall forget we vote too.” Dawson’s southeast D.C. street looks as if no one has touched it but city residents, and they can only do so much when it comes to removing two feet of snow when it covers two whole blocks.
He heard Q Street NW, and Warner Street NW were both in the same shape.
“The city received record levels of snow, so people should be more patient and understanding,” said Jessica Avery, who lives in Glover Park.
The District is receiving reinforcements as a giant snow melter is being hauled from Indiana, along with a convoy of trucks from Connecticut to help out. D.C.’s Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Chris Geldart, believes this is just the beginning.
“We are going to continue to reach out across the country…,” he said in part.
You can see photos of the historic event.