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Arlington Plow Operations Face Obstacles

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In Virginia, Arlington County is digging out from the massive snowstorm that clobbered the Washington metropolitan area, leaving hundreds of thousands without power. County workers are still working to clear collector streets.

With schools closed and Arlington government opening two hours late, county workers are dealing with low hanging power lines, fallen trees and large branches still obstructing roadways and sidewalks. The county has deployed 45 plows and 150 men and women who have been working around the clock since before the storm hit.

Nevertheless, a handful of abandoned vehicles are still hampering plowing operations on arterial streets.

Drivers who see a plow or salt-spreader are asked to stay at least 100 feet behind the truck until it is safe to pass. County officials also asks residents to make sure their cars are off residential streets, if off-street parking is available so that plows can move quickly and safely.

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