Residents, businesses dig out after storm

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DENVER — Now that the snowfall has stopped, the digging out is just beginning. People across the metro are finally getting out after a day spent cooped up inside, but it’s not as easy as it sounds.

We got over a foot of snow in the metro–with cities like Highlands Ranch getting double.

For 71-year-old Syd Nathans, snowplows cleared his Denver street–but buried his car under about two-feet of snow. He tries digging out.

“Three-hundred days of sunshine. One will be back and in the meantime, I’ll take the light-rail or walk,” he says.

“It’s going to be quite the dig out and it’s pretty heavy.It’s going to take a awhile. I don’t think it’s going to be moving for a couple days,” laughs Janet Debeque.

Her Chevy Astrovan looks like a big snowball. But her vehicle will have to wait; she’s still clearing her sidewalks.

After all, her little dog needs to get through. And so do runners like Abbey Barnes. She’s not letting a significant storm stall her exercise.

She’s preparing to run the Boston Marathon.

“Yesterday was terrible. Today isn’t as bad, in some places, it’s a little messy,” says Barnes. Businesses also clearing out spaces so customers can park. “When it continuously snows for two days it’s a little difficult to keep up with,” says Greg Begun of Community Auto Repair.

But not everyone minds a white walkway.

“It’s just the opposite. When we get to the cement we’re looking for something white to slide on. We’d love to stay in the roads but the cars are coming out now,” says Stephen Fitzgerald, who is cross-country skiing to Wash Park with his wife Sarah.

And that’s why it’s been tough on drivers and everyone else in Highlands Ranch–which saw more than 2-feet of snow.

“Wet, heavy, miserable,” says resident Dennis Pappas.

He uses his snowblower to clear not just his property, but his neighbors, even the street. Others tackle it the hard way—with a back-breaking shovel.

“I’m glad to see it stop now. It’s nice to have a weekend to dig out and recover,” says Matthew Purchase, who spent 90 minutes shoveling Saturday and an hour Friday.

Residents have 24 hours to clear their sidewalks once it stops snowing.

Businesses have just four hours.

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