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State College Borough digs out after snowfall

By: Lauren Hensley

STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-- The State College Borough manager has declared a snow emergency.  Officials are asking all vehicles to be removed from Borough streets until the snowfall has stopped and the streets have been plowed to the curb.

According to officials with the Borough, Old Man Winter usually brings 45 inches of snow to Centre County every year. This year 55 inches have fallen and there are still more than 30 days left of winter to go.

6News hit the streets looking to see if cars were following the snow emergency advice.  Our crews saw several cars still on the side of the road, but according to Borough officials drivers are cooperating.

For the most part I think residents have listened to the emergencies that have been declared surrounded around the county keeping their cars off the roads.  However once the plow goes down the street people think they roads are cleared and people think the roads are cleared, and they want to come out but that isn't also the case, State College operations manager, Eric Brooks said.

Crews have been working since 3 a.m. Saturday to the clean up after the snow. According to Brooks, their job will continue well into the night. He said as the snow piles get higher on the side of the roads, crews will have to do a second or even third round of plowing to make sure it isn't toppling over into the streets.

Borough official aren't the only ones digging out.  It is a symphony of shoveling outside, as community members scoop, lift, throw and repeat, trying to dig themselves out of the snow. 

You have to do it pretty consistently. I just came out maybe 45 minutes ago to upgrade, Jean Morrow said.  Morrow explained the sidewalk outside of her home has a very high volume of foot traffic, mostly those traveling to campus. She said her sidewalks need constant attention to make sure these walkers are safe.

And others are keeping a watch on the homes of neighbors who may be away.

This driveway is actually (the driveway of) a good friend of mine, he's just out of town for the day so I was out and about and noticed it wasn't clear so I just grabbed a shovel, said Joe Whitman.

Its not all work for some; after the heavy lifting is complete some are choosing to get down, downhill that is.  6News saw many children outdoors sledding and playing in the snow.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times