NEW JERSEY (CBSNewYork) — For some towns in New Jersey, it’s going to take a lot more than this momentary warm-up to get rid of the mountains of snow.
As CBS 2’s Christine Sloan reported Friday, residents say they feel like they’re buried in the white stuff.
Shane Mallory’s yard in Berkeley Heights, N.J., is so packed with snow his back door won’t open, posing a serious danger if he or his roommate need to get out of the house in an emergency.
“We are right at the side that you would walk into the back of the house. There would be steps and a whole deck, but as you can see the snow is taking it all out,” Mallory said.
Mallory and his roommate have been shoveling since the storm on Thursday, trying to make a clearing for their dog, who is having trouble moving around in the snow, Sloan reported.
“He jumps on it and then just kind of sinks in. But it’s just pretty much ice underneath snow, underneath ice, underneath snow,” roommate Jake Carrion said.
Mallory and his roommate aren’t alone in their struggles against the snow.
All across their neighborhood, mounds of snow cover street corners, making it hard to see over the snow banks while driving.
School crossing guard Leroy Pohlman brings his own shovel to his assigned corner.
“Piles are difficult because it blocks the view of everything and you know getting out there it’s slippery for me, plus the kids too,” Pohlman said. “Even with the cars going by. The sun is out, they can’t see.”
Trash cans, stair cases, and cars are all buried in snow. There is so much of it, there isn’t much of a gap between rooftops and porches, Sloan reported.
Retired Reverend Doris Thompson’s driveway was still covered in more than a foot of snow Friday. The 70-year-old had only gotten to her sidewalk and the pipe for her home heating oil when she spoke with Sloan.
“It’s piled high,” Thompson said.
Sloan and CBS 2 cameraman Don Collins said they couldn’t just leave Thompson with so much work ahead of her, so they helped her shovel out. Sloan said they didn’t do it to say ‘hey look at us,’ but rather because it was the right thing to do.
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