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Dunmore streets closed for snow, ice removal

Borough workers used heavy equipment on Wednesday morning to break up and remove piles of ice and snow.

DUNMORE, Pa. — Traffic was shut down Wednesday morning in a typically busy part of Dunmore so crews could clear away ice and snow that's been building up from the recent winter storms.

The intersection of Drinker and Blakely Streets in the borough, known as Dunmore Corners, closed at 9 a.m.

DPW crews used heavy equipment to break up the piles of ice in parking spots along Drinker Street.

"The snow was piled up so high on the side, and then it froze solid. You couldn't even open a passenger door because you were hitting the snow piles, but this ice storm was a challenge for everybody," said Beth Ann Zero.

The borough shut down busy Dunmore Corners for the morning so that crews could clear away the melting mess. That meant customers couldn't get to the businesses along Drinker Street, but Beth Ann Zero, who owns the Wonderstone Gallery, says they haven't been able to get here comfortably for days.

"I'm happy that they took some action to try to clean up some of the ice because parking's been an issue for a lot of the customers that come in. Most of the businesses on this street don't have parking lots, so we rely on street parking."

The intersection reopened around 11 a.m.

The milder temperatures put cleaning up on the top of many to-do lists. There was a long line at Johnny's Car Wash along North Main Avenue in Scranton.

"My car has been dirty for so long because of the snow. And it's beautiful out!" Bridget Hernandez said.

Some drivers opted not to wait in line. The weather allowed for a more hands-on car wash.

"At first, we were going to go through the drive, but then I was like, 'It's nice, I'm going to wash it by hand!'" Rogger Ramirez said. "Sweating a little bit, washing the car!"

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