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Storm doesn't stop laundry duty for Westbury residents

Snow or not, people need clean clothes. Which is why a parade of Westbury residents kept the Wash and Dry North on Post Avenue a bustling place Wednesday.

"It's been an exceptional day," manager Ann Albrecht said. Between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., about 50 customers came in to do laundry. "We've been busy, which I didn't expect. People have been doing lots of loads."

Albrecht has worked at the laundromat for 22 years. While people washed and folded, she darted outside nearly every two hours to clean snow from her car.

Marie Lallemand, 41, her son, Marc-Andre Lallemand, 5, and their cousin, Yves Pierre-Louis, 44, were among those doing laundry despite the snow.

Marie Lallemand said she drove three minutes to reach the self-service laundry and was determined to clean her comforters, the family's clothes and most importantly, her uniform. She works as a nursing assistant and said Wednesday was the only day she had to complete the task.

Her next day off is Saturday, but she has a funeral and won't be able to come back to Wash and Dry this week. "I have been planning to do it today, so I did it," she said.

Lallemand arrived at the laundry at about 12:30 p.m., when the weather was relatively mild. But as the hours passed, she said the weather got worse and her son got antsy.

"He asked me to make a snow angel, and I haven't let him do it yet," she said as Marc-Andre, in tears, sat on a counter silently staring out a nearby window.

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