Is it true that there was nowhere to put the snow in the city during the blizzard of 1967?

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Dear Tom,
My husband says that during the blizzard of 1967 snow was loaded on train cars and sent south because of there being nowhere to put it in the city. Is this true?

Bonnie Caldwell

Dear Bonnie,
It’s absolutely true. The city was buried after 23.0 inches fell in the January 26-27, 1967 storm, which to this day remains the city’s biggest snow. Huge drifts were everywhere and abandoned cars littered the streets and expressways. The snow removal effort was epic, taking several weeks to complete. There was no place to pile the snow and much of it was transported to vacant lots and dumped in the Chicago River. A plan was hatched to put it in freight cars and ship it south to areas that included Tennessee, Alabama and Texas. One Florida girl, who had never seen snow, wrote to the city and asked for a shipment. She got her wish.

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