Here are some comments from locals living in Scranton about their feelings regarding the city’s performance managing the recent Blizzard:
“…IT SHOULD BE OBVIOUS BY NOW THE CITY CAN’T HANDLE THIS BLIZZARD. PEOPLE ARE STILL TRAPPED ON THEIR STREETS THAT HAVEN’T SEEN A PLOW IN 3 DAYS. GOV CUOMO OF NY CALLED UP THE NATIONAL GUARD AND ORDERED 100 PLOWS TO TAKE CARE OF THE DISTRESSED CITIES THAT COULDN’T HANDLE ALL THS SNOW. PERHAPS YOU CAN REACH OUT TO SOMEONE TO SEE IF SCRANTON CAN GET THE NATIONAL GUARD AND THE EXTRA PLOWS HERE IN SCRANTON. THIS IS A DISASTER AND IT IS BEING TAKEN TOO LIGHTLY BY THE CITY OFFICIAL IN CHARGE…OF COURSE THE PLOWERS ARE TIRED BECAUSE WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH OF THEM TO DEAL WITH THIS CRISIS. PLEASE SEE WHAT YOU CAN DO.”
“And every time we clean our own property they come along and plow us back in. Sure days later it is about time the plows came by but most of us have been working for days to get our properties cleaned. Again today I have been plowed in again. Where were they days ago when we needed to get out? I am really fed up with all this. Do I think the city did a good job? Absolutely Not!!”
“There are several up valley outlying municipalities surrounding Scranton that did the best that they could with the limited resources they had. Everyone has to confess that this snow storm is truly out of the ordinary for our Mid-Valley area. I live in Blakely and all through this winter they were on top of every snow fall.. every one! I don’t know if other towns joined the effort but Archbald I know offered help for the elderly where ever they needed it. They enlisted the out of school kids to help shovel people out of 3ft. high snow. Opposite street parking announced in Jessup helped to enable plows to do more than one dinky lane. I haven’t been anywhere since Monday nite so i don’t really know what it’s like out there. All i do know that Blakely did a commendable job keeping 8th street clear and salted… Kudos
People know it’s nothing new to clear out your driveway and then have the plow go by blocking the entrance..seriously stop blaming the plow guys! It’s just something you have to deal with and always have.
I’ve heard some are already putting out chairs to claim their cleared spot. Respect is truly warranted here. From what i understand this is not considered a legal action, holding a parking space. I dare say though karma will surly come round and bite you in the a**!
I sure hope Scranton gets it’s act together.. truly disheartening..I must admit I’m super glad i don’t live in that city and I have sympathy for those that do.”
“I have been calling the city nonstop for the last 2 days. My husband became very sick on Tuesday night and I need to get to a pharmacy to get his medications. His doctor called 3 times today to see if we could come in so he can be seen and each time we had to say no, we are still trapped. I called yesterday 03/15 and DPW Dispatch assured me that they would have us plowed out by end of day. Woke up at 5:30 this morning…nothing. So I called DPW dispatch again. They said we are so sorry, we have someone on the way right now. It is 4:45 and still no one. I have also called and talked to the DPW secretary and the Mayor’s secretary both promising to have someone here. Again we are still trapped ! I just called a private contractor even though I believe I should not pay out of pocket for services the city should provide and I am told we are in a line of 50 !!! That’s at least 50 other tax payers paying for SOMEONE else to do the CITY OF SCRANTON’s job !!! So fed up with the corruption and lack of concern for the citizens of this city.”
“While so many neighborhood streets remain unplowed or impassable , downtown Scranton is having snow hauled from the streets. The mayor owes the citizens an explanation as to this line of thinking. Evidently downtown businesses are more important than Scranton citizens. I only hope these businesses are paying for the preferential treatment.”