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Milwaukee's east side not in the clear yet but getting closer

Posted at 4:18 PM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 18:28:37-05

MILWAUKEE — People are digging out from the snow across the TODAY'S TMJ4 viewing area, including on Milwaukee's east side.

On Wednesday, Cornell Prince and his crew of workers cleared roughly a dozen driveways in the area.

"It's heavy snow. It's real thick," Prince said. "You have to be in shape to shovel this stuff. If you're not, I wouldn't recommend it."

Nearby, Mutope Johnson worked to shovel the walkway in front of his home on Downer Avenue.

He said he shoveled several times, starting Tuesday afternoon, to prevent the snow from piling up.

"You chip away at it," Johnson said. "If you're going to get an onslaught of snow, you just have to work ahead."

Johnson noted Downer Avenue remained snow-covered and slick Wednesday afternoon.

"You just kind of have to wait it out while the city cleans the roads," he said.

"It's heavy snow. It's real thick. You have to be in shape to shovel this stuff. If you're not, I wouldn't recommend it." — Cornell Prince

Milwaukee's Department of Public Works said it had deployed 285 — out of a possible 350 — pieces of equipment to remove snow Wednesday.

As of 10:30 a.m., plows had made an initial run through about half of Milwaukee's residential streets.

DPW typically clears major roads such as Capitol Drive and Fond du Lac Avenue first, before moving on to side streets.

Michaela Niemeyer spent roughly 20 minutes digging out her vehicle from the snow.

She was parked on the street near Downer and Newberry.

"Luckily, I was parked on the right side of the street overnight," Niemeyer said. "But you always get plowed in."

"This isn't the worst it's been. Last year I probably shoveled for an hour, at least, to get my car out," Niemeyer added.

The city reiterated that alternate side parking will remain in effect Wednesday night.

"A snow operation continues for tonight meaning vehicles should be parked on the odd numbered side of the street 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.," the Department of Public Works said in a news release. "Posted signs take precedence though."