Some area residents say plowed-in driveways add to problems

Most Wayne County communities wasted no time plowing the roads - but not everyone is happy with how the job got done.

Some got stuck even after the plows came through. 

Irene McKay, 79,  is upset after she says Redford Township road crews left a mountain of snow in her driveway after clearing the roads Monday.

 "I said 'Oh my gosh, my driveway was so covered in snow  there is no possible way I am going to get out of this driveway,'" McKay said. "What if an ambulance had to come. This snow was so bad in this driveway.  There was no way we were ever going to get this car out."

FOX 2 took McKay's concerns to Robert Conrad of Wayne County Department of Public Services Monday.

"Municipalities have the right to push snow onto the right of way," Conrad said. "Then it becomes the responsibility of the homeowner or business to remove that snow from the driveway. It is illegal for homeowners and business owners to throw the snow back into the road."

Issues like McKay's are not the only ones this department is dealing with, as crews work to haul away the snow. 

"At the beginning of the storm we had a problem with our north-south roads with drifting because of the wind and snow fall," Conrad said. "Now the wind is shifted and we're having a problem with our east-west roads and drifting."

For Wayne County residents who have concerns about snow removal or want to get updates on road crews Conrad directs them online.

"Compass.waynecounty.com," he said. "With that site you can see all of our trucks out working in real time. It also has a link to it if you want to make a service request on the internet."

A few teens in Inkster decided to use their snow day to be good Samaritans.

"We were just helping our moms and everybody," said Dre Vance. "There was like four cars stuck, we had to do that. It was just a lot of work." 

So did FOX 2 photojournalist Greg Walterhouse, as he helped a motorist get out her driveway.

Dearborn police Lt. Douglas Topolski said all residents can do their part to help road crews as they work to clear the streets.

Dearborn and many other local communities have declared snow emergencies," he said. "It's important to keep cars off streets until roads are plowed."
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