Indianapolis homeowners deal with post-storm snow cleanup

City clears residential streets if more than 6 in.

GREENFIELD, Ind. - After Friday’s snow, residents have learned Indianapolis will only clear residential streets if there is at least 6 inches of snow.

If that is not the case, the clearing is left to individuals and property owners.

In one Greenfield neighborhood, 72-year-old Wallace Chatman made sure his neighborhood complied and had clear sidewalks.

"Anything I can do to help them, well I'm willing, and I really enjoy it. It's just being a neighbor to me, it's just being a neighbor," Chatman said.   

While the city was responsible for clearing McKenzie Road, Chatman and his neighbors were responsible for the sidewalks in front of their homes.

If not for Chatman and his tractor blade, several seniors on this street said they would have to pay for snow removal. 

"The other day when the big snow came, they just couldn't have made it or would have been stuck on the drive. I would have been over there shoveling, trying to get them out," Chatman said.

Private contractor Frady's Lawn & Landscape Inc. of Cumberland tackles larger jobs and teams up with government agencies looking to cover more ground.

"We actually went out Wednesday evening for the Department of Transportation as a contractor, and we worked a 12-hour shift in residential areas," said Dave Frady.

Cities can hire private contractors to clear residential streets only after primary and secondary roads have been cleared.

Greenfield officials have asked residents to send snow cleanup requests via email.

Chatman, however, isn't waiting for help.

"Out here in the outer parts, it's not their problem, they don't have to get on it," said Chatman.

Residents are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Snow Action Plan to prepare and plan for future snowfalls this winter.

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