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Large snow piles causing dangerous driving conditions

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There are mountains of snow piling up across Michiana, and they're making it difficult to drive!

We haven't broken free from the freezing temps so as we get more snow, it just piles up.  Now those snow piles are scaring drivers because they can't see around them.

Wednesday, Carol Scott said, "It's hard for visibility when driving."

Scott said that's because you just can't see if another car is coming or not.  "Trying to merge into traffic it's really hard because they're putting a lot of snow at the end of the roads and it's up so high to where you have to pull out really far to see."

She said it's dangerous. "It's very scary. I had a couple close times when I almost got nipped in the front end for just trying to pull out to merge into the traffic to get onto the road."

Mishawaka Assistant Street Commissioner, Alex Fisher, said removing snow piles is not normally part of the job, but that's changed this winter. "When it becomes a safety issue, kids walking to school, cross traffic, we just have to do it.  It's just one of those things where it has to be removed or becomes a huge liability for everybody."

Fisher said they can't address every snow pile but if one becomes a major problem they will.  "We do our best try to open 'em up, maybe reduce the pile so that your able to see oncoming traffic when you're pulling out to a major road."

However, they can't do anything about snow piles on private property so you'll probably still run into them.

Bill Wagner, the Owner of Frick's Driver Education said, "If you're trapped between two snow piles by the time you're able to see what's coming you're probably going to get hit."

Wagner has a few tips for navigating the snow mountains. "Pull out up to that point, make sure your window is down, your CD player is off so you can hear traffic coming and then you simply have to keep maneuvering out and hope no one hits you," said Wagner.

Wagner added that if you can, find another way to go that doesn't have huge piles of snow.

You can also report large piles to the Mishawaka Street Department.  Call them at (574) 258-1660

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