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Cleanup begins after March blizzard

by Jennifer Lee

Rochester, N.Y. - After a grueling 24 hours of the March blizzard, it was clean up time for the City of Rochester, and those who finally made it out after the snowfall.

"A typical Western New York weather," said Aric Akin who has known Rochester winters for 20 years. He said snow cleaning has become a regular task.

"It's what you come to expect after living up here for so long it's just a time consuming process you have to go through every morning," said Akin who lives in the Park Avenue Area.

But Thursday morning was different compared to other days. It was more difficult and time consuming for people trying to shovel out the snow.

Several cars got stuck on the road as tires screeched trying to push through the mounds of snow.

For Harry Hardtone who lives on a side street off of Mount Hope Avenue, he went the extra mile to shovel a fire hydrant buried beneath the snow.

"This is my workout," said Hardtone. "Instead of going to the gym, I grab the snow shovel."

He said the snow was very heavy making it more difficult to shovel. Despite the extra work, he said his neighbors also pitch in on big snow days.

"I keep calling it the flashback winter because it's like the 1970's when it was below ten degrees in January and February," said Hardtone. "Everybody got all accustomed to it being really mild out for the last two years so this was like 'back to winter' again."

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