Snow piles on in Southern Tier

By Matt Porter
By Perry Russom

February 13, 2014 Updated Feb 14, 2014 at 11:57 AM EST

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) More snow means more digging out, but after two storms, finding a place for all that snow is a tall order.

The sound of shovels scraping against driveways and walkways is an all too familiar sound this winter.

In Johnson City, the Elliot family unleashed a team of six to get a head start on the snow.

"The kids love it," said Elisabeth Elliot. "They love playing in the snow. They're like, 'Can we make a giant snowman?'"

Jennifer Doetzer, of Johnson City, said she's become used to clearing out her driveway every couple of weeks.

"Took me a couple hours last time," Doetzer said, "It will probably take me the better part of a couple hours too."

Quinten Himko got released early from Johnson City High School, and spent the afternoon clearing walkways for his parents and neighbors.

"Piles are getting pretty high, sooner or later we're going to have to have some rain or something." Himko said.

But as more snow piles up, Joanne Hill of Johnson City asks for a place to put it all.

"As you see, we've got a yard full of snow here," Hill said. "It's piled almost as high as I am, so there's not very much place to put it."

At the Veterinary Medical Clinic, owner Dale Skrabalak's parking lot shrinks each storm.

"We probably lost at least one space with that 10 foot pile of snow sitting there," Skrabalak said. "And in my other location, we lost a couple different spaces. Just no place to put it."

For Bryan Swingle of Binghamton, he said if he runs out of room it's not his problem.

"Do the best I can, I don't know," Swingle said. "Push it out to the street and let the city deal with it."

For Stephania Sarday, the best way to clear the snow is for spring to hurry on up.

"Yes, it needs to be spring now," Sarday said.

But for some, they say the snow comes with the territory of living in upstate New York.

"If you're from this area, you gotta expect snow," said Earl Lewis of Binghamton. "You know what I mean; it's not a new thing."

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