Clevelanders upset over city’s lack of preparedness for winter storm


CLEVELAND — Some Cleveland residents said Monday that they felt trapped by snow-covered streets. 

At Playhouse Square, there are no shows in the theatres. Outside, however? That’s another story. 

Cars were still buried in snow and the street, some stranded in the middle of roads. Angry downtown residents were not interested in talking to 3News’ Lydia Esparra, even slamming their shovels in frustration. But on the west side, they had plenty to say about the lack of snow removal

“Nothing, nothing at all,” said Joaquin DeJesus while discussing the action taken by the city in regards to the storm.

When 3News caught up with DeJesus, he told us that he had been digging out his car for over an hour. Luckily, a good samaritan plowed his street. 

DeJesus says he’s angry that he has not seen one city plow, “they should have started this last night, they knew it was coming.”

On the east side, one resident said that he had been digging people out for five hours straight. One of 3News’ Photojournalists, Devin lamb, even helped out, too. 

The problem is this: it does not appear that a snow removal plan was made by the city.  

New Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb tells 3News that the city has all its plow crews working around the clock to clear streets, but did not specify how many trucks they are using and how long they estimate it will take. 

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