FREDERICK, Md. - Snow plows? Who needs snow plows? Unable to wait for snow removal crews to clear their streets, several residents in Maryland have been taking matters into their own hands.
Residents in Silver Spring have been complaining their streets have not been plowed. On Baileys Court, neighbors on this cul-de-sac got fed up waiting and decided to team up and dig out their street themselves. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, they were halfway done with digging their circle out and they said it is no thanks to Montgomery County.
People in this neighborhood said they have been going on the county's website for the last two days, and even though their area is listed as "in progress," there has not been any county snow plow truck that has come through this area.
To make matters worse, they have tried to wave down trucks and even called 911, but there has been no luck flagging one down.
"Pretty much no one has come through to plow us out,” said Lauren Simms. “My husband works for the Unites States post office and he hasn't been able to get to work. All the neighbors from that side and all the neighbors from this side came together and we pretty much shoveled our way out.”
"I tried to get the driver yesterday to come in and he wouldn't stop,” said Dave Proper. “Several times he's going back and forth and would not stop.”
Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said under the circumstances, the county has done a very good job on snow removal. He said the county has had 870 pieces of equipment going 24 hours a day for three days now. Leggett admitted that the "in progress" message on the county map needs to be changed because it is misleading. But he promised by 7 a.m. Wednesday morning, every neighborhood in Montgomery County will have a path plowed out of it.
"You can do a very good job and you are still going to get complaints because there is always going to be somebody who is first and there is always going to be somebody last, and if you are last, you are going to complain.”
Montgomery County wants people who have not been plowed to call 311 or log onto their website. When asked about the job the state is doing, Leggett said he did not think they were doing a good job, but he was going to hold off beyond that statement because of the size of the job they have to do.
In Frederick, about eight homeowners from the Villages of Urbana broke out the shovels and snow blowers and got busy Monday.
"The men of Belgrave Circle going 'old school' and digging out street because - you guessed it - no snow plows came again," said a post on Facebook by Jeff Simpson.
FOX 5’s Gary McGrady lives in the neighborhood and spoke with a community member who told him that a snow plow did make a pass on Tuesday morning – but not until the residents had already cleared the street down to the pavement.
Take a look at the video of the men at work!