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Neighbors Take Matters into their own Hands

Emily Rouge Shoveling 4SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — When Kevin Fay woke up to nearly two feet of snow Saturday morning, he knew he’d be stuck in the house for a while.

“We figured that the plows probably wouldn’t get there for a while,” says Fay, who lives on Tanglewood Drive in Springfield. “So then everyone plowed their driveway and started to wait for the snow plows to come and do the street.”

Cut to 24 hours later and the plows were still a no-show. So instead of battling through a serious bout of cabin fever, Fay decided he’d give the Springfield Dept. of Public Works a little head start.

“So I went out to start plowing the street in front of my driveway and then my neighbor came out across the street and another guy, so then we all had the same idea at the same time,” says Fay.

It wasn’t long before five more neighbors joined in. In all — eight snow blowers were hurling snow in unison.

“It took us the better part of two hours, but the street’s 500 feet. So we figured we moved 400,000 or 500,000 pounds of snow.”

By noon Sunday, Tanglewood Drive was clear and neighbors could finally get out of the house — without the DPW ever setting foot on their street.

“I think it was like the tornado or like the big mess last year,” says Fay. “These things are extraordinary, so you just do the best and you pitch in and I don’t think anybody was angry — in fact, it was kind of fun.”

But although he had fun, Fay says this was a one-time thing. He and his snow blower are not for hire.


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