Good Samaritans help to dig Chicago, suburbs out of blizzard

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CHICAGO -- The deep snow on the side streets of Chicago caused problems for police and emergency workers Monday morning, as it wasn't until late morning when snow plows were taken off the main streets to work on the smaller ones.

Some police supervisors even told officers to avoid side streets altogether. Numerous Chicagoans have been pitching in, giving emergency and other vehicles a push in the snow -- and some help with shoveling.

Among the side streets affected were those seen in Logan Square, as one car after another was stuck in the snow.

The scene wasn't any better in the Archer Heights neighborhood on the Southwest Side.

Neighbors spent much of Monday morning digging out their cars and clearing their sidewalks.

Business owners tried to make sure their customers had a clear place to walk and park.

Friendly neighbors and good Samaritans pitched in to lend a hand in the suburbs, too, including in Palos Heights.

Late Monday morning,  good news came to those neighborhoods, as plows were finally on their way.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a press conference Monday afternoon in which he highlighted more of the city's cleanup efforts.

Emanuel told Chicagoans that though the snow may be over for now, city services will "stay on the job" with plowing, salting and other efforts to help clear roadways.

He also encouraged residents to check in on family members, in particular the elderly and vulnerable, to make sure everyone has what they need to take care of themselves.


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