East Bostonians patience with snow removal hit an all time high in the early morning hours of last Thursday when the City of Boston conducted a 1 a.m. snow removal operation along Bennington Street.
While residents along Eastie’s main thoroughfares subjected to parking bans during snow emergencies complained since the first major storm that the city failed to adequately remove snow from curb to curb they never expected to be awoken in the middle of the night by police and tow truck operators.
Without any warning, residents on Bennington Street, including numerous seniors, received knocks on their doors Thursday morning at 1 a.m. by police and tow truck operators asking them to move their cars so trucks can begin a snow removal operation.
Needless to say residents were not happy.
Usually after the city lifts a parking ban but still needs to remove snow from the street they would place posts in the snow with signs that read “No Parking”. The signs also give an approximate time when the snow removal operation will begin.
The operation began 12 hours after the Patriots Super Bowl parade and residents voiced their frustration to police and city workers as the scurried to find a place to move their car.
“This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen,” yelled Don Elwick. “1 a.m.? what about 1 p.m.?”
Residents were not upset with the fact that the city was finally getting around to removing the snow to the curb on Bennington Street nearly two weeks after the first blizzard dumped 2 feet of snow on the neighborhood. Residents were upset about the way the city went about it.
“I’ve never in my whole life living here been woken up at 1 a.m. to move my car for plowing,” said another resident.
However, tow trucks and snow plows showing up in the wee hours of the morning is nothing new in Eastie. During a major storm three years ago the same thing happened in Jeffries Point. Residents faced having their cars towed if they didn’t move them for an unscheduled snow removal operation that just happened to begin at 2 a.m.
On Friday, the city made sure to post signs warning resident on the other side of Bennington Street that a snow removal operation would commence that night–suggesting that the city’s Hotline was ringing off the hook with complaints from some very tired residents.