WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- With 60 inches or more of snow having fallen on Westchester this winter, municipalities continue to dig out as the area gets its first warming trend this week with the hope that some of the snow will melt.
Piles of dirty snow line streets throughout the county, narrowing roadways, limiting walkways and public parking and making travel more difficult.
In Yonkers, many secondary roads are filled with snow moguls as high as 5 and 6 feet and many parked cars remained captive under the icy mounds. Susan Boland Garcin has had to navigate her street.
"Our street is very narrow and with snow piling up, it's really harder to park without taking up too much room," Garcin said. "You can't get near a curb."
Snow has also weighed down rooftops, causing at least one building collapse in which the American Legion Post 1048 in Dobbs Ferry was destroyed Saturday night.
Village, town and city departments of public works gave been working virtually non-stop over the past several weeks as the area has been hit with several major snow events. Sub freezing temperatures have not allowed accumulations to melt off.
Gayle Williams, who lives in Greenburgh, said snow pileups vary throughout the county.
"Greenburgh isn't too bad, but New Rochelle is awful," Williams said.
New Rochelle asked residents to assist in the cleanup.
"You can help by moving cars from the street where possible, digging out fire hydrants near your home or business, and observing no parking restrictions downtown to allow nighttime snow removal," a city notice requested. "Also, when shoveling out, please do not throw snow into the street."
Robert Vargas of Tarrytown said keeping the streets passable has made parking a problem as he dug out his car for the fourth time this month.
"I dig out and the plows come by and put the snow back against the cars," Vargas said. "Then we shovel and throw the snow back on the street because we have no place left to pile it up. Hopefully, we'll get some warmer weather this week."
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