Northeast Digs Out
Historic amounts of snow dumped on New England and New York
Over the weekend, residents of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York began digging out from a massive winter storm.
Some parts of Connecticut received more than three feet of snow. Boston was covered in more than two feet of snow. And parts of Long Island were buried in more than 30 inches of snow. Travel bans were instituted in parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Delaware. Thousands lost power, and 14 people died in the blizzard.
But while crews clear roads and move snow out of hard-hit areas, elected officials are asking residents to be patient during the clean up.
"I know that people are impatient, but I remind everyone is a record snowfall, the likes of which our state has never seen or not seen since the 1880s," Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said.
In Boston on Saturday, residents were out shoveling their sidewalks and cars from early morning to late afternoon. There was a sort of community vibe in the air while people spent the day shoveling the thick, heavy snow. People worked together to shovel elderly neighbors cars and walks. Some people were out for the whole day just trying to make a path to their cars.
The storm dumped more than two feet of snow in some parts of Boston. Around Massachusetts, the snowdrifts were sometimes five feet high.
The city set up shelters for those who lost power to come have heat and warm food instead of being stuck in their houses as the snow quickly rose. Almost one-seventh of the state — more than 700,000 people — lost power.
Most of those people are still without power.
Some restaurants stayed open for nearby people who wanted to commemorate the storm in a larger group. This offered a warm place for people to come and do something that wasn't shoveling.
Greater Boston resident Judy Walker spent hours just digging herself out.
"I've been shoveling for 11 and a half hours and I'm about three-fourths of the way finished," Walker said.
But for as hard as she worked, she stayed upbeat. Everyone is facing the same challenges, and spending hours shoveling reconnected her with some of her neighbors.
The storm was devastating, but it brought many residents together.
"Even though I worked for so long, I really enjoyed it," Walker said. "Getting to see everyone in the neighborhood, having lunch with old friends. It reminded me about our community and how close we are."
For more news from the storm and to share your stories of the storm, visit the Scholastic News Kids Press Corps Blog.
NEWS FOR KIDS, BY KIDS
Get the latest on national and international events, movies, television, music, sports, and more from the Scholastic Kids Press Corps.