News / USA

    Northeastern US Recovers from Back-to-Back Blizzards

    Americans in northeastern US struggled to dig out from blizzards that hit the region
    Americans in northeastern US struggled to dig out from blizzards that hit the region

    Multimedia

    David Dyar

    Battered residents in the northeastern United States struggled Thursday to recover from back-to-back blizzards that blanketed the region and led to record levels of snowfall in some cities, including Washington D.C.

    The federal government was closed for the fourth straight day in Washington and the capital city joined other major metropolitan areas recording their largest total winter snowfalls in history.

    The National Weather Service says more than 53 centimeters of new snow fell on Washington during the latest storm.

    The region was already buried in up to 90 centimeters of snow from a storm less than a week earlier.

    Schools and many businesses in the area remain closed, while hundreds of airline flights were cancelled.

    Limited air travel resumed Thursday at airports in Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York.

    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell called out the National Guard to help people dig out from the storms in hard hit areas outside Washington. "Most of the major interstates [highways] now are in reasonably good shape. We are working through the primaries (roads).  We have got additional National Guard that I deployed up there on Saturday, about 500 people and about 40 trucks to help get into some of those neighborhoods for emergency operations," he said.

    The blizzards affected tens of millions of people from Virginia up the East Coast to Massachusetts.

    The storms were accompanied by wind gusts of up to nearly 90 kilometers per hour.

    "There is some melting.  They can see some blacktop so they might think that it is safe.  But there is still black [difficult to see] ice out here and it is still treacherous," said Tom Flint, a private contractor who is helping plow streets in Northern Virginia.

    Washington and the surrounding states of Maryland and Virginia have requested help from the federal government to pay for the massive cleanup.

    Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty called in extra equipment to help residents remove enormous amounts of snow. "Backhoes, tractors, everything, we have got a lot coming in so neighbors are going to see that out in their residential streets.  We are going to help them dig out because there is just so much snow," he said.

    Residents, like this man who lives on Capitol Hill in central Washington, are hoping life will return to normal soon. "It is wonderful just to be able to dig things out, get to work and try and get life back under control," the resident said.

    As the day progressed in Washington, temperatures hovered around the freezing mark, but bright sunshine began to melt the snow and improve driving conditions on roads in many suburban communities such as Silver Spring, Maryland. "They are pretty good.  They are passable.  Most of the lanes of major streets are down to the pavement.  They are a little wet, but most all of the lanes are clear," he said.

    As exhausted residents longed for a respite from the winter weather, forecasters warned of the possibility of another snow storm on the East Coast early next week.

    To observe the road conditions in the Washington DC suburbs up close after the second wave of snow finally came to an end, VOA's David Clements took to the streets again on the morning of February 11, 2010.

    You May Like

    US Leaders Who Served in Vietnam War Look Back and Ahead

    In New York Times opinion piece, Secretary of State John Kerry, Senator John McCain and former Senator Bob Kerrey say as US strengthens relations with Vietnam, it is important to remember lessons learned from war

    Who Are US Allies in Fight Against Islamic State?

    There is little but opportunism keeping coalition together analysts warn — SDFs Arab militias are not united even among themselves, frequently squabble and don’t share Kurds' vision for post-Assad Syria

    Learning Foreign Language Helps US Soldiers Bridge Culture Gap

    Effective interaction with local populations part of everyday curriculum at Monterey, California, Defense Language Institute

    This forum has been closed.
    Comments
         
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnami
    X
    Elizabeth Lee
    May 22, 2016 6:04 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video Vietnamese-American Youth Optimistic About Obama's Visit to Vietnam

    U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Vietnam later this month comes at a time when Vietnam is seeking stronger ties with the United States. Many Vietnamese Americans, especially the younger generation, are optimistic Obama’s trip will help further reconciliation between the two former foes. Elizabeth Lee has more from the community called "Little Saigon" located south of Los Angeles.
    Video

    Video First-generation, Afghan-American Student Sets Sights on Basketball Glory

    Their parents are immigrants to the United States. They are kids who live between two worlds -- their parents' homeland and the U.S. For many of them, they feel most "American" at school. It can be tricky balancing both worlds. In this report, produced by Beth Mendelson, Arash Arabasadi tells us about one Afghan-American student who seems to be coping -- one shot at a time.
    Video

    Video Newest US Citizens, Writing the Next Great Chapter

    While universities across the United States honor their newest graduates this Friday, many immigrants in downtown Manhattan are celebrating, too. One hundred of them, representing 31 countries across four continents, graduated as U.S. citizens, joining the ranks of 680,000 others every year in New York and cities around the country.
    Video

    Video Vietnam Sees Strong Economic Growth Despite Incomplete Reforms

    Vietnam has transformed its communist economy to become one of the world's fastest-growing nations. While the reforms are incomplete, multinational corporations see a profitable future in Vietnam and have made major investments -- as VOA's Jim Randle reports.
    Video

    Video Qatar Denies World Cup Corruption

    The head of Qatar’s organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup insists his country's bid to host the soccer tournament was completely clean, despite the corruption scandals that have rocked the sport’s governing body, FIFA. Hassan Al-Thawadi also said new laws would offer protection to migrants working on World Cup construction projects. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
    Video

    Video Infrastructure Funding Puts Cambodia on Front Line of International Politics

    When leaders of the world’s seven most developed economies meet in Japan next week, demands for infrastructure investment world wide will be high on the agenda. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s push for “quality infrastructure investment” throughout Asia has been widely viewed as a counter to the rise of Chinese investment flooding into region.
    Video

    Video Democrats Fear Party Unity a Casualty in Clinton-Sanders Battle

    Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton claimed a narrow victory in Tuesday's Kentucky primary even as rival Bernie Sanders won in Oregon. Tensions between the two campaigns are rising, prompting fears that the party will have a difficult time unifying to face the presumptive Republican nominee, Donald Trump. VOA national correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.
    Video

    Video Portrait of a Transgender Marriage: Husband and Wife Navigate New Roles

    As controversy continues in North Carolina over the use of public bathrooms by transgender individuals, personal struggles with gender identity that were once secret are now coming to light. VOA’s Tina Trinh explored the ramifications for one couple as part of trans.formation, a series of stories on transgender issues.
    Video

    Video Amerikan Hero Flips Stereotype of Middle Eastern Character

    An Iranian American comedian is hoping to connect with American audiences through a film that inverts some of Hollywood's stereotypes about Middle Eastern characters. Sama Dizayee reports.
    Video

    Video Budding Young Inventors Tackle City's Problems with 3-D Printing

    Every city has problems, and local officials and politicians are often frustrated by their inability to solve them. But surprising solutions can come from unexpected places. Students in Baltimore. Maryland, took up the challenge to solve problems they identified in their city, and came up with projects and products to make a difference. VOA's June Soh has more on a digital fabrication competition primarily focused on 3-D design and printing. Carol Pearson narrates.

    Special Report

    Adrift The Invisible African Diaspora