We'll be getting investigations and hearings starting next week, so those reports about sanitation department work slowdowns or other work actions may get new life. The City's Sanitation Department appears to be overcompensating for the lack of snow removal earlier in the week
And since the snow will keep melting (although it wont completely disappear by the end of the week when another potential snow maker will come on through, the City is now griping about the lack of garbage pickups. Again, this is a health, safety, welfare issue - and the garbage pickups were halted in the wake of the snowstorm but the garbage trucks can now be tasked with garbage removal.
Throw in the potential for manhole explosions due to saltwater intrusion into electric power underground vaults and stray voltage shocking pets while walking, and the inevitable potholes the size of Mt. Rushmore, there will be plenty to gripe about in the coming weeks.
That didn't take long. Mrs. Lawhawk forwards along a 1010wins news report of a manhole fire that required a building evacuation due to high levels of carbon monoxide:
The melting snow and salted road eroded cables below sending smoke and flames shooting out of manholes Monday in East Harlem.
1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports
The Fire Department evacuated the Shield Institute building on 107th Street after elevated carbon monoxide levels were reported at the location.
Seventy-five clients from the center, which services disabled adults, were transferred to Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center.
The FDNY and Con Ed are evaluating damage to nearby transformers.
The manhole fires closed off E 106th Street to E 109th Street between Park and Lexington Avenues. Check traffic and transit here.