Centre County Cleaning Up After Storm

By Mallory Lane

Published 02/05 2014 05:41PM

Updated 02/05 2014 05:55PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - The latest snow storm created a messy commute for many people across the region Wednesday.

Folks in Centre County saw up to eight inches of fresh snow in some places. No major accidents were reported overnight or during the day Wednesday. The biggest issue people are dealing with Wednesday night is slush still on the roads and some sidewalks still covered in snow.

Whether you were driving or walking, the commute Wednesday morning was tricky.

Ali Alramadham is waiting for the bus. His trek to the bus stop Wednesday morning took longer than usual.

"It's pretty hard to walk to the bus," he said.

He and several others waiting for a ride into town are dealing with the same thing, snowy sidewalks.

"The ice makes it a little difficult," Albert Dreibelbis, of Robert W. Behrer Landscaping, said. "It makes it crunchy and hard to get off."

Dreibelbis has been up since 2:00 Wednesday morning, working to clear sidewalks and parking lots for his clients.

"We use a snow blower on the sidewalks and driveways and then plows in the parking lots for the bigger stuff," he said.

Dreibelbis is in high demand, with about 12 clients to clean up for by early afternoon, and that's just by himself.

"We got a couple that added on today because of the weather," he said. "We have 24 hours to get it off, so we try to get it off within the first 12 hours."

In Centre County, most townships declare a snow emergency whenever heavy weather moves through the area. That means all cars have to be taken off township streets until the emergency is over and residents and property owners have 24 hours after the snow stops to clear sidewalks.

In the State College borough, violators will have their cars towed and can receive tickets for unshoveled sidewalks that can range from $15 to $50, depending how many violations you have.

Borough officials say they haven't had to give out too many tickets so far, but will be cleaning roads downtown Wednesday night into Thursday morning. Anyone parked along the streets between 2:00 and 6:00 A.M. will likely be ticketed and towed.

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