12 NOVEMBER 22, 2018 RIDGEWOOD TIMES WWW.QNS.COM
“The city that never sleeps” managed
to get caught fl at-footed
by a sudden burst of snow
on Nov. 15 that brought traffi c to a
grinding, slippery halt.
The snowfall ranged from 2 to 6
inches, depending on where you were,
but that didn’t matter. You couldn’t
fi nd a plow or a salt spreader during
the height of the aft ernoon rush hour,
when the storm was at its worst.
Vehicles across Queens skidded
and crawled across the snowy landscape.
Public transit was a mess;
the buses lacked snow chains and
couldn’t navigate the slick terrain. It
took commuters young and old hours
to get home from work.
The next day, Mayor Bill de Blasio
promised a full audit of the city’s response
(or lack thereof) to the small
snowstorm that crippled the big city.
We’ve been here before.
In 2016, Queens got the brunt end
of a major blizzard that dumped upwards
of 30 inches of snow across the
borough. That storm hit on a Saturday,
and residents started digging out
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on Sunday. But most residential
streets in Queens wouldn’t be
plowed until Sunday aft ernoon
or Monday morning.
The same thing happened in
2010, under a different mayor,
when the borough was walloped
by a post-Christmas blizzard that
similarly paralyzed Queens and
left roads unplowed for one to
Still, aft er the Nov. 15 debacle,
de Blasio had an excuse: too much
snow fell at the wrong time, and
there was no way the city could
have prepared for it.
Yes, the storm surprised even
the best forecasters, but how
could the city not even have plows
or salt spreaders at the ready well
in advance of the storm — just in
case the storm turned out worse
“Winter is coming,” Jon Snow
famously said. The city must
stand more ready in its “game
of thrones” against the snow
Queens families of all backgrounds
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