CHICAGO (CBS) – It’s been a long Friday night and day for Chicagoans digging through the mess left by the blizzard that hit the lake for most of the day.
CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra took a look at how some Chicagoans took advantage of it.
‘This is the season for snowdrifts higher than any of us – one could say Brobdingnagian proportions. Saavedra found such a snowdrift in a Bridgeport parking lot with a tall item on top that might conjure thoughts of a maraschino cherry atop a large snow-covered bun – if that’s anything. Not a shopping cart.
Earlier in the day, CBS 2’s Asal Rezaei hit a large snowy mound in Harwood Heights.
– Asal Rezaei (@asalrezaeitv) January 29, 2022
While many Chicagoans spend the day clearing snow, plows will do the same overnight.
But it’s not all work and no play.
Remember when it snowed heavily, it wasn’t about pulling out a shovel and groaning, but happily tearing apart the sled? Viviana Beruben is still at that age, and she enjoys accumulating in a park in the Bridgeport neighborhood as much as she should.
“It’s fun and it’s fast with this one,” says Viviana.
And Viviana’s father, Guillermo, says she earned it.
“She’s off, so she’s my little assistant today,” he said. “We’ve been going around, so have been to a few places to stay – but the roads are perfect. They are very nice and clean, no problem. “
Such is the case with Chicago’s main thoroughfares, which were plowed by the Department of Streets and Sanitation starting Thursday. The streets next door were still cluttered, with sloppy parking jobs – and of course, various items laid out as trenches to protect the shovel parking spaces.
The Bridgeport area saw several inches of lake-effect snow, but they won’t get it north – Wilmette, Skokie and Evanston shoveled 8 to 9 inches on Friday night.
“That’s just part of what you get from living on the North Shore by the lake!” Wilmette’s Doug Steffenson told CBS 2’s Shardaa Gray.
Back in the city, more than 200 road tractors are now crowding residential streets Friday night.
The plow will make a larger dent when the cleanup has been done.
Guillermo Beruben said: “The neighbors are very nice. “You know, we tend to shovel and blow snow and open up areas for the elderly and those in need.”
Another way to take care of your neighbors is to remind them of the parking rules on snowy roads – where parking is not allowed between 3am and 7am regardless of how much snow on the ground. Are not. They will love you more if you save them the towing costs.