A lot of the snow that fell last Thursday is no longer with us, but in some spots the snow remains, even where it shouldn't be.
The city worked hard to do its part as most Omaha streets are now passable. Metro residents also did their part, some the hard way, but most made sure their driveways and sidewalks were clear. There are a few who didn't put in any work and there are some people who are calling them on it.
Jake Soles walks to and from work and says there are businesses or building owners along Dodge Street that just don't shovel their sidewalks.
“Parking lots are done, but they don't bother to do the sidewalks, just gets stomped down, turns to ice, you slip right next to all that traffic. For us pedestrians who have to walk, who don't have the luxury to drive, I mean if I slip and fall into the street because of all the packed down snow and ice because nobody bothered to clear it, well I don't know.”
Soles feels it isn’t fair. He points out that homeowners have to clear their sidewalks or face fines from the city and Soles and many others believe businesses should also be held accountable. “It’s just a pain. I mean I got to walk, they do their parking lots but they don't do their sidewalks. It’s inconsiderate, that's what it is.”
The Omaha Municipal Code states that snow and ice should be removed from sidewalks within 24 hours after the city has completed clearing major streets. To report sidewalks that have not been cleared, call 402-444-5283.