Ottawa County Man Says Road Crew Plowed Massive Snow Pile Onto His Driveway

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ZEELAND, Mich. (Feb. 4, 2014) — Mike Dunlap lives at the corner of Spring Court and Summer Drive.

Just feet away from the street sign, a winter wonderland blocks the entrance of his driveway. It’s a reminder of the constant pounding Mother Nature has brought to Michigan this winter.

“I think we got Ottawa County’s largest snow ball,” he chuckled.

“This is kind of the product of the road crew that came by and plowed our street, and when I came home from the museum that I work for lunch, this is what I came home to,” he said.

The snow is about thigh high on one half of the entrance. It’s nearly six feet high on the other half. The second half clearly broke away from a pile of snow near the grass. He had no choice but to park across the street in front of his neighbor’s home. He said the Ottawa County Road Commission had been down his street one other time Tuesday morning.

Following the first plow, he said his driveway’s entrance had minimal snow, like all of the other driveways on his street. “When they come down Spring [Court] and Summer [Drive], the plow gets pretty full. So I get buried often but never quite like this.”

But the pile is too much work for Dunlap’s snow blower. He said he gave the road commission a call, and they said they’d come check it out.

“This is going to be something where I may have to hire somebody to actually dig myself out,” he said.

FOX 17 asked him if he thinks it’s his responsibility.

“Well, no,” he said. “I understand these people risk their lives to come through here, and I know it’s been an unusual winter. But I’d think they’d be willing to help me out at least.”

FOX 17 also spoke with the road commission. They said they would assess the situation.

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  • Mharjer

    This is a more than a little snow! How can this size of a pile be left without being noticed? Did the plow driver think he could leave it there for a few hours and swing back around to pick it up and the home owner came home too soon? This is un acceptable…..

  • Brandon

    A sign of our tax dollars going to waste. The driver could have easily spent 30sec pushing the pile in the person's front yard instead of blocking him in. Now the road commission has to waste their time and more of our tax dollars "assessing" the situation. I feel bad for the guy who got blocked in, God only knows how long it'll take the road commission to get out to his home.