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Residential streets still messy Friday

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Some of the side streets are still proving to be tricky to navigate.

Drivers had a much easier time Friday on main roads if they were able to get out of their own neighborhood streets. Many city residents had to first brave their own streets, which were snow-packed down only where cars had bravely driven.

Veluma Westarb is a Brazilian teacher taking a six-week English course at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. But before heading off to the airport for home, she learned one more skill.

"It's my first time shoveling," she said.

While people shoveled one scoop at a time, 65 city crews plowed away the day. Public Works Spokesman Sean Demory said the city cleared nearly half of all residential roads Thursday, leaving the other half to tackle Friday.

"We had a lot of challenges yesterday due to the amount of snow and due to the overall nature of the snow. We were able to move, but we also had to stop quite a bit to clear windshield wipers, to clear windshield in general, so it was slow going," Demory said.

Thursday's snow was the first big snow storm since Kansas City, MO, installed GPS tracking in plows, making it easier for people to see the city's progress and for the city to keep tabs on itself.

"It has been useful to be able to point out areas and in some cases see in real time, see this particular street hasn't been hit entirely and go back to it," Demory said.

Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James said the clean-up from this storm will cost the city more than $1.9 million.

Since some neighborhood streets were still full of snow drifts in the middle of the road Friday, some KCMO homeowners took matters into their own hands.

"I know the city always had trouble getting to private streets. I understand the difference between the length of streets and all that," Laurie Bedlington said.

People like Bedlington in Brookside's countryside neighborhood hire their own plow contractor and depend on each other for the rest.

"My neighbors came by yesterday and plowed all the sidewalks, all the bottom of the driveway because this street is hell in any kind of snow," she said.

Some people, like Toni Wurth, saw the public works plows sooner than others.

"People who had to get to work today, and it looks like they were able to get their cars out and get going," Wurth said.

But almost everyone counted on a neighbor's helping hand to finish the digging out process.

"It's probably good ol' Midwestern nice. We do that pretty well around here," Wurth said.

Public Works crews plan to be out until about 6 p.m.

If you believe your road hasn't seen a plow yet you can call 311. But officials remind people that there is a chance a plow has been down their road – it just won't look like it. They said the point is to create a passable lane, not to clear all the way down to the asphalt.

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