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North country shoveling out from nearly week-long lake effect storm

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Overnight accumulations of snow had snowblowers and shovelers out in full force Sunday morning, cleaning up several days of snowfall.

Ricky A. Gault, Mullin Street, was one such resident, removing snow from his sidewalks, as well as for several neighbors.

“I quit about 10:30 last night,” he said while finishing up Sunday morning. It was his third time out shoveling since the snow started Wednesday.

Like most Northern New Yorkers, he’s used to it, but said he’s noticed a change in who does the shoveling.

“I remember when I was young, my brother and I would be out the door by 7 a.m., we’d come home with a couple hundred bucks in our hands,” he said.

Today, he said he’s more likely to get stopped by someone who sees him shoveling and asked if he will shovel for hire, rather than receive a knock on the door from a youth willing to shovel for him.

In Lewis County, where parts of the county have reported 7 feet of snow since it began coming down late Tuesday, David L. Becker, highway superintendant, had his plow crews on the road by 2 a.m. Sunday.

“It was fantastic. All the roads are open. Our guys do a great job,” he said.

So great, the crew had roads cleared by the time most people were waking up.

“This was a normal storm,” he said. “We see this all the time. We’ve got to get some real snow before we have any problems.”

State police in Canton reported no additional incidents due to the weather.

“We haven’t had anything out of the ordinary,” said a police spokesperson.

The 24-hour snowfall totals through 7 a.m. averaged eight inches in Jefferson and St. Lawrence counties, with slightly more falling in Lewis County.

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