#PIXPlowPatrol helps Queens residents dig out of the snow

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FLUSHING, Queens — Most of the cars on 41st Avenue, near 155th Street, were still buried under snow drifts--and blocked by the mounds created by plows—but the evidence was there Tuesday morning that some kind of sanitation truck had come through.

This is what our #PIXPLOWPATROL found when we visited the site, after receiving a Facebook picture from Juan Carlos Acosta.

“Thank you so much for a reply,” Mr. Acosta replied on Facebook Messenger, after I contacted him.  “I didn’t get a reply back.”

Mr. Acosta got a reply, because the PIX11 team was committed to responding to as many viewers as we could—after Saturday’s massive storm dumped up to two and a half feet of snow in parts of Queens.

Some of the more difficult streets to navigate--in the city’s biggest borough— were the last to see a plow.

After most of the major thoroughfares were cleared, the Sanitation Department was sending most of its heavy equipment, including front-end loaders, to help Queens.

Nicole Stevenson, a mom of three who lives at the Hollis/Queens Village border, wrote that the Q1 and Q36 bus stop at the intersection of Hillside Avenue and the Clearview Expressway badly needed to be shoveled and cleared.

When the #PIXPLOWPATROL arrived midday Tuesday, the job had already been done.

Bruce Klein sent us a Facebook picture from the corner of 57th Avenue and 96th Street in Corona, Queens.  On Tuesday, we found a huge backhoe picking up the snow near a strip of stores adjacent to 96th Street.  There was evidence also that 96th Street had been plowed.

This is where we met Young Soon Ahn, owner of Florence Cleaners on 57th Avenue.  He told us the severe storm severely impacted his business.

“Too much snow! They can’t move cars,” he said.

But now, fortunately, there are signs the cars are slowly starting to get dug out of their spots.