Duluth mayor: 'We have let you down in our response to this storm'

Some residential streets still aren't plowed more than 72 hours after the storm.
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The Northland is known for its ability to withstand the worst conditions Mother Nature can deliver, but on Wednesday the mayor of Duluth apologized to residents for the city's response to last weekend's blizzard that dumped nearly 22 inches of snow. 

"As a City we have let our community down in our response to this storm," Mayor Emily Larson said. "As Mayor I take responsibility. We can do better. Residents deserve better."

Larson accepted responsibility as at least two elementary schools in the area remained closed for a third consecutive day, as some roads remained impassable after a ferocious winter storm buried the Northland in 1-2 feet of snow with fierce winds creating massive drifts. 

"This was a very different snowstorm than the ones I have experienced the last four years. And while we are a climate that is used to experiencing snowfalls and extreme weather, the combination of things made this very difficult," Larson said, according to the Duluth News Tribune

Duluth Public Schools Superintendent Bill Gronseth tweeted that buses are still only navigating plowed roads, but they are doing everything possible to "make all of our scheduled stops." 

With parts of Duluth yet to be plowed 72 hours after the storm, the City is asking residents to help identify areas that need to be cleared. 

"Residents can do this by calling 218-730-5100 and leaving a message that will then be added to a list that plow drivers will respond to," a message from the City said. Online forms are also available to fill out right here

Comments on the City of Duluth's Facebook post range from residents who are thankful to those who are frustrated. 

One commenter expressed concern about massive mounds of snow blocking views when attempting to turn onto busy streets, while others noted that main arteries in the city are so packed with snow that getting two cars through at the same time is impossible. 

"Anyone who says the main arteries have been cleared is simply lying!" a commenter wrote. 

Another person wrote: "What about the parking tickets they issued because there was no where to park!! Are they going to waive those fees????"

To help families with students yet to return to school, the City made youth programs free Wednesday at Neighborhood Youth Services and the Duluth YMCA. 

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