Streets Still Suck
- Chicago police and paramedics are having the same issues navigating the city as everyone else – side streets aren’t plowed and the snow often sits higher than the bottom of cars.
“We haven’t had any issues I’m aware of other than the fact it’s a pain in the neck,” a Chicago police supervisor said. “And everybody’s dealing with that."
Police Department supervisors have been warning patrol officers of the risks of getting stuck and to avoid traveling side streets.
Some officers are parking their cars at intersections, putting on their lights and walking to calls in the middle of blocks if the snow is too high, police said.
General Services failed to clear many parking lots in a timely manner, so entire watches had to push squads, vans and SUVs out to the streets. PPO's and some officers were given shovels and told to clear pathways to the streets. On a brighter note, we did see garbage trucks outfitted as plows. We get it, it's a blizzard, the fifth largest on record, but during an event like this, it's easy to see where Rahm (and previously, Shortshanks) skimped on spending.
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