Catch-22: Plows Can't Get Through Streets, People Can't Park Out Of The Way (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose - 21Alive

February 6, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 7:34 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) – How does your street look?

And are your neighbors' cars parked there?

This snow seems to be creating headaches for everyone.

A classic Catch-22: plows can't get through residential streets and people can't park because the plows haven't been through.

Dave Manter is taking matters into his own hands, but it might just be a losing battle.

"Very frustrating, honestly. City has not come. We've called several times last week to get them to throw some salt down on the ice, and they just never came. So, it's frustrating," Manter says.

Especially since he says the alley behind his house where he typically parks has not been plowed all season.

Street department crews did clear more than half the city's residential streets in the morning before returning to main roads to combat black ice.

They'll be back in neighborhoods overnight to clear what they can, assuming the plows can get past all the cars parked in the way.

"Well, certainly we understand that some people don't have an option. But we encourage people to look for options because it will help their neighborhood, and it does allow the plow trucks to get closer to the curb and really clear out the snow from the street," says city spokesman Frank Suarez.

That's something Manter believes is easier said than done.

"It's hard because usually there's parking on both sides of the street, but you can only get through the center. It's not so bad for me in the Jeep, but everybody else.. we've been pushing neighbors out the last several days. So it's bad," Manter says.

On a residential street like this, you can tell that the plows haven't been through here in quite some time. And frustrating for residents and plow drivers alike because even though there are driveways, there are still people who insist on parking in the street, meaning that the plows definitely can't get through.

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