Parked cars getting buried more as snow melts

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Even though the snow stopped Sunday, there were still places in St. Louis where it was getting harder and harder to dig out Tuesday night, with cars buried by a snow plow avalanche.

There was snow over car bumpers and doors, piled on the roof tops.

There were even spots where it was hard to tell there were cars under the snow banks when driving by.

“Buried.  I’m talking about buried.  This is a small car.  So it doesn’t take much to bury it,” said Fonzell Howard while digging out his girlfriend’s car on Jamieson in South St. Louis. 

“Unfortunately we’re in an urban area here.  We have a lot of on-street parking dependence.  People don’t have places in their back yards or in their garages to put them.  So we have to work around them,” said Todd Waelterman, the director the of the St. Louis Street Department. 

Cars left parked on snow routes, can get “packed” on snow routes.

You won’t get towed for parking on snow routes, clearly marked by signs, but you will get “snowed”.

Warming temperatures mean more snow – not less – piling up on the curbs and cars.

“We were all packed with 4-5” of packed snow on the secondary roads. It’s starting to slush up.  So at midnight we’ll start plowing that and widening them out,” Waelterman said, in anticipation of the first full-scale morning rush hour Wednesday, since the snow storm hit Sunday. 

“People choose to stay there and park there and they get buried.  That’s not a big issue for us.  They don’t need to move them,” he said.

“I was so totally mad about that because I hate snow,” said Howard, admittedly mad at himself and not the snow plow drivers.  “I didn’t feel like shoveling it yesterday so I just went ahead and walked to work.”

Waelterman said the big snow storm had taken a big bite out of the city’s salt supply. “We’ve used about a third of our supply for the year.  We’ve used a little over 10,000 tons.  We’ve had 19 inches of snow they say, which is very close to a normal year already, about 20 inches.”

The city’s supply was still in decent shape, he said.

But he put in an order for more Tuesday, which should arrive by barge in about three weeks.

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