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City Digs Out After Snowstorm

Sunday, December 20, 2009

People around the New York area spent Sunday digging out after the first big snowstorm of the season, which dropped about a foot of snow in the city, and nearly double that on parts of Long Island and in areas of New Jersey, and led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights at the area's three major airports.

REPORTER: The city's Department of Sanitation says crews managed to clear all primary routes Saturday night and are working on smaller streets Sunday. Mayor Bloomberg said the timing of the storm has been a big help.

BLOOMBERG: Given that it was on a weekend, we are able to plow and salt and shovel without a lot of extra traffic. And so Monday morning will be slushy and cold slippery -- be careful -- but everything, we think, will be passable.

REPORTER: The mayor says public schools will be open tomorrow. Alternate side parking rules will be suspended for snow removal. There won't be any garbage or recycling pickup until at least Tuesday. The mayor says city retailers weren't hard hit by the storm Saturday, because the snow held off until late in the day. He's encouraging residents and visitors to take advantage of possible cancelations by seeing a Broadway show.

See our photo gallery of snowy scenes from around the city.

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