Millions dig out on the East Coast after massive blizzard
WASHINGTON, D.C. —
While here in the LC we're enjoying the warmth and sunshine, millions of people on the East Coast are trying to clean up. A massive weekend blizzard buried at least five states in more than two-feet of snow. Cities shut down, and several areas declared states of emergency. Here's what happened in Washington, D.C.
So much snow, much of the nation's capital will remain frozen, as Washington, D.C. works to dig itself out from an epic winter storm. Schools are closed and the mayor is asking people to stay home.
You can see why, there's no way a car could drive through side streets like this, and the main roads are often full of pedestrians avoiding iced over sidewalks.
"While we have made some progress, there is still a lot of work to do," said Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C. Mayor.
Snow fell for a solid day and a half, plows tried but couldn't keep up as the district and surrounding region turned wintery white. The National Guard was activated and the city brought in 400 additional pieces of snow removal equipment.
Raymond Tolson, 69, volunteered to help dig out the elderly. When the city suggested two of his neighbors, he did their homes and eight more.
"Senior citizens can't get out here and walk in the snow like this," said Tolson.
The suburbs got it worse; some have more than three feet of snow on the ground. Huge mounds had to be cleared from Maryland Interstates, and at Washington's airports it's been an around the clock effort to get the runways back open for flights Monday morning.
Nationally, more than 12,000 flights and counting have been cancelled.
"People should be expecting larger than usual crowds at both our airports," said Chris Paolino, Spokesman at airport. "They should also be expecting residual delays. The storm of this magnitude affecting so many airports across the country. It is going to take a while for the air travel system as a whole to get back to normal."
At least 32 people died in the storm, many of those deaths from shoveling.