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Vt. continues the cleanup after winter blast

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Vermont is digging out from the winter blast that has blanketed the region. Some places across the state have seen 2 feet of snow. It looks like a winter wonderland, but the storm has created a whole mess of problems on the roads as crews work around the clock to make a dent in the cleanup.

As people dig out cars and driveways, Burlington has had all hands on deck to get roads and sidewalks clear. This isn't a small task.

"We've got 10 tractors out there clearing sidewalks. We are clearing the sidewalks with the snow blowers on the tractors, so it's going to take us about three times longer than normal, but we are probably going to have them done by Saturday afternoon," said Rob Green, the assistant director of Burlington Public Works.

Green says crews have been plowing nonstop since Wednesday morning and many roads are clear but still slippery. Green says the winter has put a strain on their budget and is about $100,000 over budget in overtime hours and salt.

The tough travel across the state created several accidents and slide-offs, like in Williston, where a tractor-trailer got stuck in the snow as it was turning to make a delivery near the Shaw's supermarket. A GoPro mounted in one of our news vans caught that accident as it was being cleared.

This end of the winter storm has slowed road traffic, but airport activity is finally back and running. Despite every flight being canceled Wednesday, Burlington Airport officials say they had trucks clearing the runways around the clock to stay ahead of the snow. Flights Thursday were back on schedule.

"I'm going to the store with a kick sled and this is a Scandinavian device. It's sort of like a dog sled where the human is the dog," said Tom Lamson, a Burlington resident.

And while digging out from the snow has been a headache for many, others are making the most of it.

"Oh because it's so much more fun and it's easier to find a place to park," said Lamson.

The storm also knocked out power to a few thousand people across the state since Wednesday, but by Thursday almost all of them had power restored. 

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