Sun and shov­els

U.S. East Coast digs out from bliz­zard

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA / WORLD - THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

U.S. East Coast res­i­dents clob­bered by the week­end bliz­zard trudged into the work­week Mon­day amid slip­pery roads, spotty tran­sit ser­vice and mounds of snow that buried cars and blocked side­walks af­ter some cities got an en­tire win­ter’s snow in two days.

For oth­ers, the week­end ex­tended into Mon­day be­cause of closed schools and govern­ment of­fices. The storm dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New Eng­land, with near-record snow­falls tal­lied from Wash­ing­ton, D.C. to New York City. At least 31 peo­ple have died as a re­sult of the storm; the deaths oc­curred in car ac­ci­dents, from car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing, and from heart at­tacks while shov­el­ling snow.

In Brook­lyn, only one teacher at the Bed­ford-Stuyvesant New Be­gin­nings Char­ter School called out, de­spite more than two feet (60 cen­time­tres) of snow in New York City.

“A lot of teach­ers are tak­ing the train in­stead of driv­ing,” said Wanda Mo­rales, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions at the school, as she stood out­side while main­te­nance work­ers spread salt and par­ents dropped off their chil­dren.

Am­trak op­er­ated a re­duced num­ber of trains on all its routes, serv­ing many peo­ple who couldn’t get around oth­er­wise, spokesman Marc Magliari said. Bus and rail ser­vice was ex­pected to be lim­ited around the re­gion into Mon­day.

Fly­ing re­mained par­tic­u­larly messy af­ter nearly 12,000 week­end flights and hun­dreds more on Mon­day were can­celled.

Air­ports re­sumed lim­ited ser­vice in New York City, Bal­ti­more, and Philadel­phia, which said it got an en­tire win­ter’s snow in two days. In the Wash­ing­ton area, Rea­gan Na­tional Air­port tweeted that it saw its first flights Mon­day, and Dulles In­ter­na­tional Air­port ex­pected to re­sume flights late in the day.

AP PHOTO

Tess Jor­gens­son, 3, helps her father dig their car out of snow in Alexan­dria, Va., Sun­day. Mil­lions of Amer­i­cans were dig­ging them­selves out af­ter a mam­moth bliz­zard with hur­ri­cane-force winds and record-set­ting snow­fall brought much of the East Coast to an icy stand­still.

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