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City councilwoman: ‘They say the city gets an F for failure’

Posted at 8:49 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 20:49:22-05

RICHMOND, Va. – Students will return to schools on Thursday, after a two-day blizzard dumped enough snow to keep them at home for three days.

Bruce Berryhill was out Wednesday, working his snowplow magic in his Hobby Hills community. He's been clearing driveways for neighbors and trucking them through snow covered streets for days.

He pointed out the snow covered roads are part of a school bus route.

“The roads are terrible, I wouldn't want my kids on the bus and possibly have it slipping off,” Berryhill said. “I've had to pull out of four-wheel-drive.”

According to city public works, most of the street have been chemically treated or plowed, but several remain clearly untouched.

“The city has completely forgotten about our neighborhood,” said Betty Ingram, who said they were stuck for days after the storm.“It felt like being in a cage and you couldn't get out.”

“An F, they say the city gets an F for failure,” said City Councilwoman Reva Trammell.

Trammell says upset homeowners and senior citizens in her district have called nonstop, all asking the same question: “When is someone going to get to their street?”

“I have asked before, ‘Do we have enough manpower in public works?’ Trammell said, “do we have enough equipment?”

“Yes, they said,”

“No, we don’t.”

And while they're waiting on city crews, neighbors said they're just glad warmer temperatures and sunshine came to the rescue to help make things a little easier.

“They were overwhelmed but at least they are here doing something, eventually things are melting; starting to be able to push the snow around, lest it’s not like it was -- a block of ice,” said Berryhill.