City Plows Bury Sidewalks

The city snow plow that rumbled by caused Tony Pane to storm out of his house.

Pane said, "I heard it go by and come out to find my sidewalk covered over again."

Pane lives near 33rd and Center in Omaha. Snow plows have blasted chunks of ice and snow onto walks along a couple of blocks. Many of the homeowners are older and can't remove the heavy piles three feet deep.

Pane said, "There's no way anybody on this block is going to get their sidewalk cleared. Not in the 24 hours required by the city."

Six On Your Side showed tape of the sidewalks covered by city plows to Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. Mayor Suttle said, "My heart and sympathy is with them. We want to do better and we don't want to create this burden on them or anyone else."

Tony Pane said the city needs to go back to an old idea used along his block several years ago. Plow the snow to the middle of four lane Center street. That method is already being used on a few major city streets.

Mayor Suttle said thanks to Six On Your Side, "For bringing this issue to my attention."

Tony Pane hopes the city will help homeowners along Center remove snow piled on walks by city plows and not charge them for failure to clear walks in 24 hours.

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