Wednesday, February 4, 2015
On our peninsulas, both Western and Eastern Proms, parking looks to be a nightmare. I took a brief spin up and down a few snow clogged avenues the other afternoon. First, like most urban landscapes, parking is always a premium, even on the sunniest of August days. So you might just imagine what narrow, in the best of days, streets resemble these days, after about 40 inches of whiteness dropping from the sky. First of all, some vehicles have not been moved since the big blizzard of last Tuesday. They sit stranded amid huge snow drifts. Other cars are assembled where they can, any which way. Most streets have on site parking, first come first serve. Driving these streets, drivers are constantly weaving, crawling and stopping to navigate from one end to the other. I noticed in the paper today they had a poll on how the city is doing dealing with snow removal and keeping them passable. 60% of those polled give the city high grades (A or B) in their attempt to return reality to the peninsulas. Another 19% grade them as a C. If you ask me, that's pretty darn good considering what the plows and crews are up against.
Where to put all the snow?
They used to dump it all in Back Cove, but that's a no-no these days.
Too many environmental regulations and all.
The snow is taken to 'snow farms' out on the city limits.
They are just huge fields where bulldozers await truck after truck, endlessly.
There are lots of farms in Maine.
In summer and winter, apparently.
A dusting tonight maybe 3-6 inches?