After the Big Snow, the Big Dig-Out

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Associated Press

Posted on February 7, 2010 at 1:03 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Mid-Atlantic has begun digging out from the huge snowstorm that dumped record amounts in some areas -- including 3 feet of snow in western Maryland.

Washington, D.C., got a lot of attention for its 20 inches, but it was Philadelphia among the major cities that got really socked. Philly's airport reported more than 26 inches, setting a record and virtually bringing the town to a halt.

In Washington, there were more people than cars in the streets. Skiers were seen using the steps of the Lincoln Memorial for a slope.

The inevitable result of such a big, heavy snowfall was thousands of accidents and downed limbs, and some half-million people without power. Some of those affected worry the power won't be back in time for Sunday's Super Bowl.

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Ken Beck

Toms River, New Jersey resident Ken Beck says many secondary roads are blanketed by snow.

<<CUT …169 (02/06/10)>> 00:07 "right back in"

Jessica Gresko, AP correspondent

AP correspondent Jessica Gresko, riding in a snowplow as it clears streets in Washington, D.C., reports the snowplow crews say it's pointless to dig out cars until the storm is over.

<<CUT …189 (02/06/10)>> 00:09 "of the snow"

Pete Piringer, spokesman, District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department

District of Columbia Fire and Rescue spokesman Pete Piringer says a church suffered significant damage after its roof caved in .COURTESY: 'WJLA-TV' ((mandatory on-air credit))

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Mayor Adrian Fenty, Washington D.C. mayor

Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty says the city government is going all out to clear the streets of snow.

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: Constitution Avenue at 22nd Street Northwest is seen in the falling snow in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, as a massive snow storm has hit the area.

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: Blondie, a two-year-old Labrador retriever, peers through a fence during a winter snow storm in Havertown, Pa. Saturday Feb 6, 2010.

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: People sleep at Washington's Reagan National Airport, Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010, as a massive snow storm has hit the area, with all flights for Saturday canceled.

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: Eric Morris, left, and Billy Rowe, center, both Waynesboro, Va. public works employees, help police officer Patrick Scott push a motorist from a snow drift in Waynesboro, Va. Saturday Feb. 6, 2010.

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