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Bay City residents may be ticketed if cars are not removed from streets

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(02/19/14) - The water from the melting snow has to go somewhere, but many storm sewers are still plugged up with ice and snow.

In Bay City, crews are clearing the streets, but they need your help. Removing your cars out of the street will make it easier for plows to get through.

If you don't remove those cars, you could receive a ticket.

"It's horrible, the condition of the town. You can't get from street to street without swimming," said Vonnie Lefave, who has lived in Bay City for 54 years.

Cars parked on the street aren't making it any easier for city workers.
Crews are trying to scrape through another layer of ice and snow so that their storm sewers can open.

"It's a mess, that's the only thing, you can't get anywhere here without climbing over a snow pile," Lefave said.

Workers with the city say in order to let the water drain in the next few days, people need to help make their jobs easier.

If cars are in the street, that means plows can't get through.

"Especially when you have cars parked on both sides of the street. It's difficult for them to maneuver, they have to slow down and maneuver around these vehicles and try not to hit them, the second thing is the flooding issue," said Dana Muscott, interim Bay City manager.

Business owners in downtown Bay City are hoping for a slow warmup. They do wonder where all of this water will go.

"I definitely am concerned about my basement and the basement in the business. That definitely is a concern, I don't know where it would all go actually but I guess when things warm up so quickly this is bound to happen. It would be nice if it froze over again and it just melted slowly," said Deborah Vascimini, who works at Do Arts Studio and Gallery in Bay City.

Muscott says there is an ordinance on the books where they can ticket between the hours of 3-6 a.m. if people do not move their vehicles.

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