Snowy sidewalks mean many have to walk in the street

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FLINT (WJRT) (12/28/17) All too often in the winter, people are forced to walk in the street because the sidewalks haven't been cleared of snow.

It's become a way of life in some communities.

A few people will get out and clear the sidewalk in front of their homes. But many people allow snow and ice build up, leaving no safe place to walk.

"You've got to watch for cars because if they stop they can slide right in to you," said Desandran Marks of Flint.

For those who don't have a car, going on foot is the only option -- and dry streets are easier to trod than snow-covered sidewalks.

In some neighborhoods, several people in a row make an effort to shovel away the snow. But for several properties in a row the sidewalk might be hidden.

"It's so bad, you know, when you've got people that are capable of doing it but they won't," said Farris of Flint.

And if something happens in front of your home, there could be a lawsuit.

"You have some people who may slip and fall, injure themselves or they even get hit by a car," said Farris.

"It's very frustrating. Every day you've got to watch out for slip and falls. You've got to watch out for black ice. It can be very dangerous," said Alsae Ubio.

Walking in the street at night can be very dangerous.

Some communities require property owners to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of a snowfall. But it's rarely enforced.

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