It’s still snowing at the moment, and it’s very pretty, but we’re already thinking about what comes next: clearing the snow and preventing ice from forming. Our stair stewards have already begun their work. For other neglected stretches of sidewalk or steps, we’re calling on any other residents who feel like helping out. If you have a shovel, some energy, and maybe an extra bag of salt, your help is needed. First, look around your street. Are there sidewalks in front of empty buildings, or a bus stop? Are there elderly or disabled residents who might not be able to clear their sidewalks?
If your street looks well-cleared, put that shovel over your shoulder and take a walk around the neighborhood. It’s not just shoveling that’s needed. The temperatures have been below freezing for so many days that already icy conditions become more dangerous for being hidden underneath a new layer of snow.
We’ve already heard from one resident on Phelan who reports a massive ice slick (water from underground streams flow over the street year-round) that is endangering pedestrians and cars alike. There’s a salt box near the top of Phelan, left by the City to help residents battle the icing problems that have bedeviled this byway for decades. As the icy patches are on a road, we’ve 311’d it, and the City salt trucks should show up. But Phelan is a less-used side street, so help might not be for a little while. If you live near Phelan, or just feel like helping out, let’s get some salt or other traction on the icy patches.
(A group of volunteers head out to shovel after the big snowstorm of February 2010. PHCA photo)