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Baltimore City clearing away snow & ice ahead of refreeze

Posted at 4:14 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 17:10:06-05

BALTIMORE — Marylanders woke up Friday to a winter mess following Thursday's snow storm.

The refreeze of snow, sleet and freezing rain has caused a challenge for commuters who were met with a thick coating of ice on cars and sidewalks.

Up for the challenge, people looking to make money clearing away the accumulation, like the Madison Park brothers: Shaheem and Maurice.

"It’s the best day today," said Shaheem Muse.

The pair has been making money since early morning. Armed with shovels, they're busy clearing pathways and earning cash.

"They’re asking us to do their driveways steps, porches, stuff like that," said Maurice Jordan. "A lot of people will actually like shovel for the other people. Some people don’t do it some people to."

Baltimore City Department of Transportation is reminding citizens sidewalks won't be cleared by crews.

"We really need the public's help to keep everyone safe," said DOT Director of Communications, German Vigil. "For businesses and homeowners, it’s their responsibility to do it."

DOT said its main focus is making sure roads remain clear and treated.

"Now that the storm has broken you know, we have nearly 200 vehicles out on the road and will continue to do so throughout the day and into the evening hours," said Vigil. "Across the city we continue to treat primary roads. Our focus now has shifted a little bit to treat residential areas."

Vigil told WMAR-2 News crews are responding to 311 calls as needed.

"We are addressing them as they come in," he said.

Because of the snow Friday's trash and recycling collection was also impacted. The main reason, icy alleys and roadways.

“The City’s alleyways remain quite slick, and any melting will likely refreeze overnight. These conditions make collection of trash and recyclables dangerously difficult for sanitation workers,” said Baltimore City Department of Public Works (DPW) Acting Director Matthew W. Garbark in a statement.

Make-Up Days for this week’s trash, recycling cancellations are as follows:

  • Thursday, Feb.18, trash & recycling collections will be picked up Monday, Feb. 22.
  • Trash and recycling scheduled for today, Friday, Feb. 19, will be collected Friday, Feb. 26

Citizens are reminded to clear as much snow ahead of a refreeze overnight.