Big dig, big plea
By: Kathy Stewart
The blizzard of 2016 is now one for the history books. But now it's the EPIC job of digging out. Here's how you can help.
"We want you to give us time," says Montgomery County Council Member Craig Rice. He says we are going to be digging out of this for a while.
As the "Big Dig" continues, plow drivers obviously have their work cut out for them. Once again, you are being asked to let the snow plows plow and once again, motorists and pedestrians are being asked to stay off the roads.
With possible cabin fever setting in and the forecasted sunshine, it might be tempting to head outside, Rice says. But there's a unified message from Virginia, D.C. and Maryland officials. "We want all of our pedestrians to stay off the roads," says Craig Rice, a Montgomery County Council Member.
Snow plow drivers are already battling the mammoth task of getting us out from under all of this snow and they don't need to be battling with pedestrians walking in the street.
It not only slows down the snow removal process, but even bigger, Rice says this is a very serious safety concern. "If you think about these multi-ton vehicles, how difficult it is to stop especially on a snowy road it can create a huge disaster."
He says this is going to be a really long haul even with snow plow crews who are working around the clock. He says, "It's going to take quite a while to get rid of this snow, to make sure we have passable walkways and roads to reach some of our neighborhood streets."