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Afternoon Update

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January 18, 2014

Snowed out

Woman’s driveway used as snow dumping ground

ANDERSON, Ind. — When Carolyn Boaz returned to her home in the Greenbriar housing addition on Thursday, she found a mass of snow and ice blocking her driveway.

Boaz, 74, returned to Anderson from a trip to Tennessee and discovered snow removal efforts on Edgemont Way had left a remnant of the January 7 snowstorm on the curb in front of her house.

“I drove all day,” Boaz said of her return trip on Thursday. “We got stuck on Interstate 65 for two hours.

“When I got home the driveway was blocked,” she said. “I fell down walking around the snow pile.”

Boaz said a neighbor told her the snow was placed in her driveway by a crew from the city of Anderson using a pay loader.

A neighbor said the snow removal crew piled the snow in Boaz’s driveway to a height of more than six feet. The remaining pile, even after several days of warm weather, is still approximately four feet high.

“This never happened before,” she said. “It’s solid ice.”

Boaz said she had planned to stay in Tennessee until the spring, but decided to return to Anderson.

On Friday Boaz still had not unloaded her luggage from her car.

Anderson Mayor Kevin Smith said he didn’t know if the Greenbriar area was plowed by a city crew or private contractors.

“When there is a three-inch snow or more we call out the snow task force,” Smith said. “We use employees from several different departments. They are not professionals at plowing snow.”

Smith said crews were sent into the Greenbriar subdivision several days after the initial storm to clear the snow from streets.

“We do have a private contractor that uses Bobcats,” he said.

Smith said he was going to check with the Anderson Street Department to determine who worked in the Greenbriar area following the Jan. 7 storm.

“We don’t know if the city is responsible or not,” Smith said Saturday. “But we’re going to clear the driveway.”

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

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