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Car plowed in? Rawlings-Blake has suggestion: Leave it there.

Heather Flores digs out the van for an elderly neighbor near the 2600 block of Madison Street two days after winter storm Jonas dumped more than 29 inches of snow in the Baltimore area over the weekend.
Heather Flores digs out the van for an elderly neighbor near the 2600 block of Madison Street two days after winter storm Jonas dumped more than 29 inches of snow in the Baltimore area over the weekend. (Kenneth K. Lam / Baltimore Sun)

For the thousands of Baltimoreans who park on the street, digging out the car after a snowstorm is simply a fact of life in the city.

But with crews struggling to remove the two-foot layer of snow from streets, and many vehicles nearly indistinguishable undernearth giant drifts, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake asked residents to consider an alternative: leave them buried.

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"I would encourage people to think about alternative means of transportation, and really think about, 'Do you have to go?'" the mayor said.

At a Monday morning news conference, Rawlings-Blake asked those who do dig out their cars to refrain from shoveling the snow back onto already-plowed streets.

"If you do that during the daytime and you have melting and then it freezes, we're just back in the same situation, and it is a waste of precious taxpayers' resources," she said.

Rawlings-Blake and other city officials also requested that sidewalks, storm drains and areas around fire hydrants be cleared.

So what to do with the snow on the car?

"I ask you to be creative about where to put it, but just don't put it back out in the street, because it prevents us to get back up and running," the mayor said.

"The snow's not going to be around forever," she added. "If you don't have to dig your car out, think about leaving it until the snow melts. Think about taking a taxi or an Uber or Lyft, whatever, but just think about safety — and please don't throw the snow back out in the street."

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