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Digging out in Arlington County no easy task

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The snow walls have kept Steve Melnikoff prisoner for four days. 

Over the weekend, it took the 70-year-old six hours to shovel out his driveway. And only seconds for VDOT to plow it back in with more snow!

"I'm so outraged by the state, I'm liable to have stroke now thinking about it rather than shoveling it," Melnikoff said Sunday 

A few blocks over, his neighbors complained about the same problem. 

"It's a good time to reflect on your life," said Katherine Towell. 

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Since then, Towell has hired crews and spent hundreds of dollars to get snow off her property. 

"I don't think VDOT has an option in a storm like this, but to pile up the snow the way they do," Towell said.

Shoveling out four-foot snow banks in the median on North Glebe road is what Charlie Flickner has been doing for days. 

"Somehow VDOT or the county did not plow the crossover. So if people can get out of their houses and their streets, they could not turn left to go toward town," Flickner said. 

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Snow plows have cleared 55 percent of Arlington County streets. 

Other streets haven't been touched.

"I tried to stop a couple of plow trucks, but they just waved back to me. I can still hear them laughing, the guy who put it here in my driveway," Melnikoff said. 

Arlington County Department of Environmental Services said all streets will be plowed by Wednesday night.



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