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Flint resident to clear neighborhood with snow blower

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(02/05/14) - The long, snowy winter has been frustrating for many Mid-Michigan residents.

In one Flint neighborhood, that frustration is leading to cooperation.

Menominee Avenue runs for just one long block on Flint's south side. Residents say city snow removal crews have been ignoring them all winter.

"Not one time has a City of Flint snow truck been down here," said Randy Dorff, who lives on Menominee Avenue.

Dorff says he's called the Flint Department of Public Works several times, but they've never returned his calls. He and his neighbors are having a hard time traveling down their street.

"We have a lot of elderly people that live here, retired General Motors people and kids. It's not even safe to walk to school," he said.

"Three or four years ago, this was one of the streets they always come down to plow. But for whatever reason, the economy or whatever, it hasn't been plowed," said neighbor Mike Brown.

Dorff is taking it upon himself to clear the street using his own snow blower.

"I'm going to do it 'til it's done," he said.

Dorff, who is retired, hopes the city takes note.

"I just kind of got tired of it," he said.

Dorff plans to work for three hours, take a break and repeat the process.

"Wow! OK. I didn't know that. Well, when I come back I'll give him a hand. I'll take my snow blower out," Brown said.

"Maybe this will send a message to the residents of Flint that sometimes we have to get out and do this on our own," Dorff said.

Flint officials say crews will make an effort during the next few days to plow every street in Flint.

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