Otsego County Residents Cleaning Up After Big Snow Storm

Monday night’s storm dropped down nearly a foot of snow in several places like Otsego County.

Waters was one of the hardest hit areas, racking up nearly 10 inches.

Tuesday people there were cleaning up.

9 & 10’s Blayke Roznowski and photojournalist Erin Malone have more details from some who were just trying to make their way out of the driveway.

"Downstate you don’t deal with this," Waters resident Mark Cyburt said. "Once in a blue moon you would. People are prepared up here. Every other guy owns a plow truck." 

So those people with those plow trucks, snow blowers and shovels were out in full force Tuesday cleaning up after Monday night’s snow storm.

"They predicted, what, about six inches or something like that for here, so it was a little bit of a surprise," Waters resident Bill Hansen said, "and the wind, I didn’t expect the wind. Holy cow." 

The storm dropped nearly 10 inches on the Village of Waters. 

Mark Cyburt was one of many chipping away at the accumulation. His girlfriend wasn’t able to get out of the driveway this morning.

"I woke up and I thought, ‘well it’s the first snow, we’ll just drive over it,’ but it was a little deeper than I thought," Cyburt said. "She couldn’t get out with the Impala so I had to get her out with the Jeep, drive her into work, you know, come back to take care of this stuff." 

And because it was the first big snow, others were disappointed when their equipment didn’t work.  

"Clutch went out on my tractor, so now if I can’t get it repaired, I have to go buy a new one," Waters resident Windell Garver said. "When my tractor’s working, it’s a breeze. Twelve inches is nothing to move when it’s working well." 

Although the clean up can be tough, everyone agrees this is what people love about winter in Northern Michigan. 

"I’m happy," Hansen said. "As long as the snowblower is working, I’m happy."