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6 common post-snowstorm crises, and how to solve them

New Yorkers know that the aftermath of a storm can be as chaotic, if not more so, than the storm itself. A range of problems are possible after the clouds clear.

Here’s what to do if:
You can’t dig your car out: If you’ve been digging for hours and your car won’t budge, it might be time to call for snow removal services. In addition to plowing your entire property, they will also dig out your car and just about the rest of your life. Visit

Your sidewalk and/or steps haven't been shoveled: First off, someone has to shovel, whether you're the owner, tenant, occupant or the person in charge, or else face a fine of $100-350. The snow has to be removed within 4 hours of the end of snow fall, or by 11 a.m. the morning after a storm, according to the Department of Sanitation. If calls to your landlord or super don't result in assistance, consider doing it yourself if you're able. Complains can be filed with 311 for delinquent snow removal. Also remember: do not throw snow into the street, which creates a problem for snow plows and parked cars.
Your block isn’t plowed:
If your street hasn’t been plowed, file a complaint with the city’s 311 service. You can check on the status of your complaint with the 311 app, and the city will respond to individuals after the storm passes.
The dog needs to go out: Keep your dog on a leash after heavy snowfall as it’s easy for animals to get lost in the snow, according to the ASPCA. Also, wash off those paws with a warm, moist washcloth after a walk since salt on the ground can be painful for your pooch.
Your commute is messed up: Public transportation runs off its routine in a heavy storm. If you must go to work -- we’re sorry -- check out, or the amNewYork app for iOS and Android for service updates.
Your pipes froze: The struggle of freezing house pipes is real in a snowstorm. If little to no water is coming out of your faucet, you have a frozen pipe. According to, a home improvement resource, run warm water out of the faucet that flows from the culprit. You can also turn the heat up in your house and wait for them to thaw. If the pipes are visible from where you are, you can blow a hair dryer on it to defrost, the site says. If all of these fail, call your landlord or a plumber.

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