Digging Out

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

December 15, 2005

This mix of snow and rain caused quite a mess. Many people spent parts of the day shoveling out and scraping off.

Whether you like it or not on a day like today you have to do it: dig out.

Some borrowed ice scrapers and other used whatever they could get their hands on, or some good old-fashioned elbow grease to get the job done.

"You really want to get it off good so when you pull up to a stop sign, it doesn't all slide up on top of your windshield after you've cleaned it," said one driver.

Auto body shops say a broom is the best tools for clearing off your car.

"Don't beat on it, don't use sharp objects, no hot water. Just let it die out or use something soft," said Vincent Sweeney of Taylor's Auto Body.

You needed more than a broom if you were clearing walkways and sidewalks.

"It's okay, it's not that difficult in weight to pick up. It's a little bit heavy, but it's not really hard," said David Bower.

Professional plowers cleared some parking lots and driveways. Snow blowers took care of city sidewalks around Court Square, and Public Works used some high powered equipment and salt to get rid of the snow on busy walkways.

"It's getting better now, in the afternoon. It was a little tough this morning," said Randall Bowen of Public Works.

Others may have had the best idea: they let the digging out wait, and took some time to enjoy the snow.

A reminder for you: it is a law in Charlottesville to have your sidewalks cleared within 12 hours of a storm.

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