Snow Pushes Pedestrians to Streets

By: Josh Knight Email
By: Josh Knight Email

Up to 18 inches of snow fell this weekend in Harrisonburg, and much of that is still on the sidewalks.

James Madison University student Lauren Hansen is taking a hike off campus down Route 11 to find and dig out her car.

"Part of it we walked on the road because we didn't feel like going through the snow, and then the parts where the road was really narrow we decided to brave it and walk on the snow," says Hansen.

While many sidewalks around town are cleared, many remain snow covered.

"Part of them are cleared, and then other parts you kind of have to like walk on the road or kind of fall through the snow," says Hansen.

While the city does have an ordinance to clean your sidewalks, they know this much snow can be tough.

"With this amount of accumulation, we understand that it is harder than usual to get the sidewalks cleared, but we do ask our residents to make the best effort to have them cleared as much as possible," says Miriam Dickler, spokeswoman for the City of Harrisonburg.

Dickler explains that pedestrians should try to stay out of the streets if they can.

Especially with the roads still having the potential to ice up or have a little snow build up, cars aren't quite as stable as they normally are. So, people really want to be cautious, both driving and walking," says Dickler.

Hansen understands the difficulty cleaning up, but wishes things were a little better.

"It's nice that parts of them are cleared, but it would be nice if they were all cleared though," says Hansen.

Police will not be out looking for people who have not cleared their sidewalks, but if you do have an area near you that is dangerous, city officials ask that you contact the Harrisonburg Police Department.


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