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Baltimore Digs Out With Help From Sun

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Joe Giardano’s barber shop is open for business in South Baltimore, evidence that the city is digging out from its second blizzard in less than a week.
Cathy Duchamp
Joe Giardano’s barber shop is open for business in South Baltimore, evidence that the city is digging out from its second blizzard in less than a week.

By Cathy Duchamp

Sun and warmer temperatures were welcomed relief for people in Baltimore, who are digging out from what Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake calls an "historic emergency."

Joe Giardano runs an old-fashioned barber shop in Baltimore's Federal Hill neighborhood. He gauges storm recovery by what he hears on his fire department scanner.

"It's mostly like medic calls, people getting hurt shoveling, chest pains...just people overdoing it, because what can they do," he says. "Plows haven't come down their streets and they have to do something to get out and go to work."

The city is now contracting with private companies to plow neighborhood streets. Most of that snow gets pushed to the side of the street, making it harder for people to dig out their cars.

Joe the barber wonders why public buses aren't running in his part of South Baltimore. A spokeswoman for the Maryland Transit Administration says restoration of service depends on how quickly roads get cleared.

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