Portland under pressure to clear snow in the Old Port

6:51 PM, Dec 18, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- While it's not usual to have snow storms in Maine, it is unusual for Portland to experience two significant snowfalls in one week in mid-December. And it's making for a tough season in the Old Port.

Holiday shoppers had to jump in snow banks to reach parking meters Wednesday morning. And some parking spaces were simply inaccessible because the snow wasn't cleared out of them.
While the sidewalks were clear, they were slippery. No one we spoke to blamed Portland crews for the mess, feeling like there's only so much you can do during an overnight storm. But they definitely will be glad to see the snow go.

Local business owners say the shortened holiday buying season coupled with these storms has made it a tough year.

Portland Public Services Director Mike Bobinsky says he's feeling confident that warmer temperatures and Thursday night's parking ban after 10 should leave crews in good shape to clear the streets for shoppers this weekend.


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