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Rain, Snow Bedevil East And West Coasts

Correction and update: 6:45 am: Blogger Ned Berke notes I erred on his location - Sheepshead Bites covers southern Brooklyn, not Queens. Despite Mayor Bloomberg's confident (but false) assertion that everybody in New York City got plowed by Thursday morning, Ned still hadn't been plowed as of Thursday night. (See his street, below, compared to the mayor's clean road.) WABC doubles down, photographing unplowed streets in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Bensonhurst. Queens does have it tough; the AP reports Queens Borough President Helen Marshall contradicted Bloomberg at his own press conference, describing four inches of snow remaining on some of her borough's streets.

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says all city streets will be plowed this morning. But what does that mean? The New York Times says the city's Sanitation Department labels streets 'salted' and 'plowed'. But that doesn't mean 'cleared'.

The murkiness — city officials can make claims that do not seem to match reality on the streets — partly results from the fact that the Sanitation Department starts counting the streets it has plowed from the start of a storm, meaning a street could be freed of some or most of its snow only to be covered again later.

WNYC is tracking the plowing with the help of listeners. CBS's NY affiliate has this helpful link: Has Your Street Been Plowed Yet?

Left: NYC Mayor Bloomberg's street. Right: Blogger Ned Berke's street, taken Dec. 28, 2010 i

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Left: NYC Mayor Bloomberg's street. Right: Blogger Ned Berke's street, taken Dec. 28, 2010

Left: NYC Mayor Bloomberg's street. Right: Blogger Ned Berke's street, taken Dec. 28, 2010

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The Washington Post quotes Mayor Bloomberg from three days ago saying "The city is going fine. Broadway shows were full last night. There are lots of tourists here enjoying themselves." That outraged Queens blogger Ned Berke, who thundered on Sheepshead Bites:

Go To Hell Mayor Bloomberg: This Is Why We're Angry

He ends, "Enough of the snow job. Get the work done, Mayor Bloomberg." Bloomberg has since taken responsibility and promised a review of what went wrong.

CALIFORNIA FACES NEW ROUND OF STORMS

From the LA Times:

The wettest December since 1889 has left hillside areas across Southern California dangerously saturated, bringing a heightened risk of landslides and further flooding ... officials said the saturation levels could intensify in January and February, when Southern California typically gets most of its rain for the year.

The AP has the latest rain update.

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