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Akron residents fed up with unplowed streets three days after snowstorm

Posted at 10:29 PM, Jan 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-22 23:11:47-05

AKRON, Ohio — Many Akron residents are fed up with unplowed streets, three days after the weekend storm dumped more than a foot of snow in the city.

News 5 crews came across several cars, trucks and SUVs stuck in snow-covered residential streets Tuesday evening, including a mail truck that had to be abandoned in an intersection on Curtis Road and a Spectrum cable van that couldn’t move.

“I didn’t see a single plow truck. I know they’re out there, I know they have a lot of work to do, but this is just insane,” said resident Danielle LaForce.

We found 68-year-old Tremayne Dortch stuck in an intersection at Emerling and Sweitzer avenues for nearly an hour, trying to get his SUV out of the snow.

But as we were speaking to him and trying to push him out, a man with his own plow showed up to help.

“That’s a really Good Samaritan right here!” Dortch said.

The Good Samaritan was Aaron Robinson, who has worked 30 hours the last two days, plowing for residents. Safe to say, he’s more than fed up.

“There’s no excuse for our city taxes not to be used properly,” Robinson said. “City of Akron, go up to Cuyahoga Falls and Hudson, ask those guys what they do to prepare themselves, because they were Johnny-on-the-spot.”

It took pushing, pulling, shoving, and then some to get Dortch’s SUV free — hoping he didn’t get stuck again on the drive home.

"It has shown that there are still a lot of really good people out there. There’s been a lot of Good Samaritans out just looking to help people," LaForce said.

The city of Akron sent News 5 the following statement:

We are in all 10 wards working on residential streets and will continue utilizing all resources and drivers 24/7 until every street is plowed.