Giant mounds of plowed snow are still melting, revealing tons of trash.
South Boston snow pile is shrinking but still there, remaining remnant of the record snow year. @MassChallenge pic.twitter.com/HL3KqQ1tOD
— Kevin Wiant (@kwiant) May 11, 2015
Boston was absolutely hammered by blizzards this past winter, receiving over 110 inches of accumulated snowfall. Removing all that snow from the roads was, to use a local phrase, a wicked pisser. Mounds of plowed snow reached 75 feet in height. Now that the weather has turned for the warmer, the snow is taking it's sweet time to melt.
The Boston Department of Public Works has noticed the slow melt, and crews are placing bets on when the snow will actually disappear for good. “I said by May 30, but that's this weekend," offers DPW commissioner Michael Dennehy. “It's still weeks away from melting."
Just a baby goose strutting through the lot where the snow pile is. #Boston pic.twitter.com/HwFLWLohNP
— Steve Annear (@steveannear) May 29, 2015
As the snow slowly subsides, a mountain of garbage scooped up in the plows has taken its place. In the past 6 weeks, DPW crews have removed 85 tons of garbage. “We're finding crazy stuff; bicycles, orange cones that people used as space savers," said Dennehy, "The funniest thing they found was half of a $5 bill. They're looking for the other half still."
There are two major mounds of snow still left—one in a vacant lot on Tide Street in the Seaport district, and one on Assembly Row in Somerville. If you do spot them, don't be stupid and climb on top of them (unless you've had a tetanus shot recently).
Last snow pile in Boston discovered by @rgbcolor pic.twitter.com/ZYX0mZtnDt
— David Liu (@SysDyn) May 24, 2015