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Snow filled sidewalks cause pedestrians to take to the streets

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People walking the street because of snow filled sidewalks. (Photo courtesy of Darlene Hill) People walking the street because of snow filled sidewalks. (Photo courtesy of Darlene Hill)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

There's a lot of snow on the streets of Chicago now, and in just a couple of days the Chicago area will get another fresh coat, making it tough to get around by car, mass transit and, for others, by foot.

Forget about the potholes, construction workers and snow removal trucks and equipment, drivers should now beware of the people in the streets.

Also, when school ends, look out, these students take up the entire lane on the South Side near 81st Street and Vincennes Avenue.

"I don't feel safe because of all of the cars that come to pass. Some come fast, some come slow and some might come over too much and just splash a lot of water on us," Darnisha Jones, a pedestrian on the South Side said.

"I am mad because actually when I go to work, people downtown, they clear all the snow. But these homeowners, I don't know why but they just act like they can't clean it up," Melody White, a pedestrian, said.

While some of the side streets in Chicago are still covered with snow, city officials tell Fox 32 news a city ordinance states that it's the homeowners responsibility to make sure sidewalks in front of or on the side of the property is clear of snow and debris.

If not, that home or business owner faces a stiff fine.

Yet, it's not just the pedestrians that will be hurt.

"If it's unsafe for us, and there's snow and ice and you don't know if it's ice up under the snow, if it's unsafe for us it's our best judgment not to deliver their mail, "carrier Althena Powell said.

Althena Powell said mailboxes will be empty if walking conditions aren't right for some mail carriers.

Powell said walking through this stuff four to six hours a day hurts the back, neck and legs.

If the Chicago Department of Transportation receives a complaint about too much snow on the sidewalk, Public Way inspectors will go out and if they issue a warning, most homeowners will clear the walkway.

Public Way inspectors said they've issued 100 tickets to business owners who didn't shovel the snow.

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