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Mountainous snow piles cause additional challenges for drivers

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Travel delays are not the only thing causing headaches for people these days.

All the snow that's building up is now adding an additional challenge for drivers.

Call it a mounting problem or perhaps better yet, a mountain problem, because that's what some piles of snow are looking like these days.

Some in Tinley Park are at least 20 feet high and one hundred feet long.

While the buildup isn't this bad most places, all this snow is making travel challenging in new ways.

As the snow piles rise higher and higher, so does the danger for drivers trying to get out of their subdivisions.

"The challenge is they just pile the snow up so high it's difficult to see traffic coming either direction, you gotta pull out and hope there's nobody coming the other way," Orland Park resident John Sheehy said.

A condition that calls for a lot more caution as villages like Orland Park run out of places to put all the snow in what many people consider they worst winter they've seen in 10-15 years.

With so much snow, plows can only push it back so far, and pile it up so high.

"It's been a challenge from a personnel perspective, it's been a challenge from finding places to stockpile the snow, it's been a challenge from equipment perspective, lot of challenges," John Ingram, Orland Park's Infrastructure Maintenance Director, said.

And so now municipalities have to bring in front end loaders to move or remove the snow, because it can't be plowed any further out of the way.

Orland Park is using city crews and contractors to tackle all the buildup in cul-de-sacs and neighborhoods. Other cities have to haul it away and dump it in open spaces.

In malls and shopping centers there's so much snow the piles resemble small mountain ranges.

"It snowed and I'd rather have it in piles, places where people can't slip and crash into cars," Orland Park resident Rick Klein said.

As space runs out, the next plan for all this snow calls for patience and hope.

"We'll wait for some warm weather and hope it melts how soon is that warm weather gonna come? Not soon enough," Ingram said.

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