Unplowed sidestreets leave DC area residents furious

- Unplowed sidestreets continue to be a big problem Tuesday as residents across the region try to dig out from under the snow.

Almost everyone in the area saw at least one foot of snow fall during the weekend blizzard, but a lot of residents in Prince George's County said they are still stuck at home because their streets have not been plowed. (TRACK THE SNOW PLOWS HERE)

In one neighborhood in Temple Hills, people are using pick axes and shovels to clean up their streets.

Neighbors on one street said they saw the snow plows come through Monday night, but they didn't make turn into their cul-de-sac.

The plows also missed Brindle Court on Sunday. Residents here said they keep calling the county to come back.

“We had doctor’s appointments today and I call them and I ask them if they can send somebody down in here and they said maybe last night, but they didn't get here last night, so we had to cancel,” said Melissa Wimbish.

For the people who are snowed in with more serious medical conditions, we found the Maryland National Guard helping out the fire department with a Humvee.

“We're picking up patients right now that need dialysis or any safety pickups out here,” said the guardsman driving the vehicle.

Mary Brown, who also lives on Brindle Court, said she has been snowed in since Friday.

“No way to get out at all,” she said.

When we asked her if she was running low on food, Brown said, “I was ready. Only thing I really need is chocolate. You always need chocolate.”

Her neighbor across the street was also frustrated.

“We got our driveways clean,” said Winifred Pitcman. “We were just waiting for them to come plow the street. I guess my nephew got frustrated and did the best he could with his friend's car.”

We watched as Pitcman's nephew was the first person to drive out of the street since the blizzard.

“The snow plows, they come down here, but they go right past our house,” he said. “Just went right past our street. I don’t understand. They plowed this, but they didn’t plow there.”

FOX 5 photographer Joe Spevak took pity on Mrs. Brown and he went back down the snowy street with a small gift – some chocolate!

It is not just the men who are out digging in the snow, but it is a family affair. There are many kids and the mothers all using shovels to get through their streets where the plows just never showed up.

FOX 5’s Bob Barnard visited Burtonsville, Maryland and spoke with longtime resident Sandy Gilles, who said plows made matters worse by blocking in cars that residents spent hours digging out.

She said her neighborhood association failed her and her neighbors during the storm. She has had to cancel several doctors' appointments that were scheduled for Tuesday because she could not make it out of her neighborhood.

Barnard visited Temple Hills, Md. where several streets looked like they have not been treated at all by snow removal crews.

He spoke with Nathanael, who says he drives a snow plow for Washington D.C. as he was just returning to his Temple Hills home for the first time since the storm hit.

"No, I didn’t bring my plow home, but if I did I would have cleaned that out," he said when looking at his snow covered block on Lime Street. "The streets of D.C. look better than this."

Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker joined FOX 5 on the morning show and tried to explain why some streets have not yet seen a snow plow. “What happens is, you do the main roads in the county first – and the access roads to those first. Then you get down to the neighborhood roads. And that's where we are now.”

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