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Large snowbanks becoming more of a problem

Rochester, N.Y. -- As the snow keeps falling and the plows keep plowing, finding a place to put all that snow is becoming a problem.

Its easy to get into an accident at the end of your driveway, said Terry Owens, who lives in Irondequoit. You cant see right or left when youre pulling out on the main roads.

According to David Bussey, superintendent of the East Rochester Public Works Department, many of the large snowbanks are the result of private contractor plowing companies.

Greece Town Supervisor Bill Reilich (R) agrees, and said some of the plowing techniques of the private companies are illegal.

Most of the time its not the homeowner doing this, its the contracted snow plower, Reilich said. Ultimately, the homeowner needs to remind their contractor that piling the snow on the streets and sidewalks is illegal and not acceptable.

Some homeowners in Greece have started to receive leaflets on their doors warning about the potential $100 fine for illegally depositing or storing the snow on the sidewalk, stacking it on the street or pushing it across the street.

Both Reilich and Bussey acknowledged that even municipalities struggle with where to plow all the snow, but added they use strategies such as shelving the snow to try and curtail how high the snowbanks reach, while trying to keep as much off the sidewalks as possible.

Reilich added that everyone can play a role in trying to keep the large snowbanks curtailed, and that a phone call can make a world of difference.

If I were to come across a situation (snowbank) that I thought was dangerous, Id report that to the local department of public works, he said. Theyll take care of it and have it corrected."

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