Monday, February 11, 2013

The Blizzard of '13 : Part 2

This chapter would be entitled: We're saved!  Yesterday around 10 am we finally saw what we had been waiting for, a plow.  It was no ordinary plow that took care of our street though, they sent in some sort of CAT tractor.  It had a bucket on the back and a plow on the front.  The driver was risking life and limb to free us, not to be dramatic.  Janda and I watched as this vehicle with 3 foot tall wheels spent 15 minutes trying to get up the short but relatively steep incline at the bottom of our road.  The life and limb part comes in when you consider that if he didn't make it and slid backwards down our hill there is a pretty good chance that he would be sliding into the river.

The poor guy finally made it after much maneuvering, bucking and thrashing.  He did an amazing job clearing our road, spending about an hour on a road that can't be more than 150m in length.  When he was done, we had a completely passable road (plus he called in the sander) and a snow bank outside our window that was about 12 feet tall, 20 feet long and 10 feet wide.  Of course, when you have a snow bank that big shenanigans will follow.

The tractor was stuck down on the bottom of the road for a while.

Even though the cars were shoveled, nothing else was touched yet.

The guy really "plowed" through the huge snowbanks on our street- snow was flying!

Look how much snow he was pushing up the street with each swipe!

Here is the finished pile- it is equal to our kitchen window, which is the second story!

Freedom!

The plow guy really cleared us well.

He also created a snowbank barrier so no one will end up in the river.

Here he is, hard at work.

Janda inspecting the snowbank.

"Are you pondering what I'm pondering?"  

"Sure we can make it no problem." 

"Here goes nothing!"


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