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The Big Dig Out: Aftermath From Storms Causing Problems All Over The City

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — The worst of this week’s snowstorm may be over, but now people are dealing with its aftermath.

Monique Griego has more on the problems popping up all over the city.

A lot of the snow has started to melt. But when that happens on the roads, it creates cracks and potholes the city now has to deal with.

Two days of snow left Maryland buried in white. Now with the worst of it over, the dig out is underway.

“It was a mess. They didn’t even plow us out until midday yesterday, so I decided to wait until today,” said Michael Grapes.

In Owings Mills, Grapes is finally digging out of about a foot of snow.

“It’s not bad. It’s a bit heavier than if I would have gotten out here earlier Thursday morning,” he said.

City and state crews are still out in full force this weekend.

“We’re still addressing secondary roadways and service requests that come in,” said Adrienne Barnes, Baltimore City Department of Transportation.

But now, clearing roads isn’t the only problem. The thaw is tearing up the streets, creating cracks and potholes all over the city.

“Potholes are a problem because of the freeze thaw,” Barnes said. “It takes a toll on the roads, and our roads have had a brutal beating this winter,” Barnes said.

And in some cases, small gaps have given way to bigger sinkholes. One sinkhole had already been plugged once when it collapsed again, trapping a salt truck.

One witness said it looked like quicksand.

“It was sinking in slow. All of a sudden, it started sinking in fast,” she said.

Weather may have also been to blame for the collapse of a Baltimore City Department of General Services building. Nobody was injured.

“We know that there are some aging issues, but there could be a number of factors that could have contributed to this incident,” said Barnes.

The city is also asking people when they clean off snow from their cars, not to throw it back in the street.

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