Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday morning that while New York City fared better than many areas in the blizzard overnight, precautions are still necessary as many areas were under a foot of snow.
“I think it’s fair to say that we were very lucky,” Bloomberg said. “The storm certainly brought plenty of snow – about a foot in a lot of areas in New York City – but we certainly avoided the worst of it.”
Bloomberg said the city is willing to send out any assistance to areas that were hit harder, such as eastern Long Island – which accumulated more than 30 inches of snow in some areas.
City crews have also worked their hardest to ensure that roads are kept clear, Bloomberg said. Sanitation crews were out all night, and will work all day to clean the streets, he said.
As of the 8 a.m. hour, roughly 2,200 pieces of equipment were out spreading salt. Virtually all primary streets were plowed – all of which will be done by the end of the day, Bloomberg said.
Plowing of main roads was virtually complete by that point, secondary roads were largely done, and tertiary roads were also 60 percent done – due in part to outside contractors who were brought in, city officials said.
New Yorkers can go to “Plow New York” at NYC.gov to see the time period in which their streets were plowed.
But Bloomberg advised motorists to stay off the roads and make it easier for plow operators.
The city also has dispatched about 150 tow trucks – even though only about half a dozen cars had to be towed during the entire night, Bloomberg said.
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