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Fighting The Storm In Schuylkill County

POTTSVILLE — There were few cars and trucks on the roads of the Pottsville area but there were snowplows, including the crews we found clearing Route 61. All were trying to keep ahead of the storm.

Pottsville streets department employees were working 12-hour shifts.

“What we’re trying to do is push it back and stay ahead of the storm. It’s getting ahead of us right now. We’re working on it,” said Pottsville street department worker Dan Kelley.

Bridgette Breiner and her family navigated through the snow. They did some shopping in the city and decided to walk.

“It’s rough because it’s got the consistency of sand and it makes it difficult to walk in but we make due,” Breiner said.  “Just like any of the other ones, you got to do what you got to do, but I can’t wait to see some color out here. I’m tired of seeing white.”

Some people will have a lot of work ahead of them just scraping and digging out after the snow stops falling.

Bill Schlitzer isn’t waiting.  We found him digging out his car while the snow was still in the air.

“It’s too soon, too many times this year; we’ve had it worse when we first moved here 20 years ago.”

Some people weren’t sure how severe the storm would be. That’s why a shelter was opened at the Trinity Episcopal Church on South Second Street in Pottsville.  It’s available to those who lose heat or power and to the homeless.  It will be open around the clock until Monday.


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