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Long Island's post-storm cleanup begins

Joe Glasson spent hours clearing out the driveway

Joe Glasson spent hours clearing out the driveway of his Farmingville home. (Dec. 27, 2010) Credit: Carl Corry

As the blizzard begn to die down Monday morning, Long Islanders emerged from their homes to begin shoveling out from the storm. With drifts of 2 feet or more, some were at it for hours, while others gave thanks for their snow blowers and tractors.

Joe Glasson's two kids, Shannon, 4, and Joseph, 2, were born on big snowstorms, so this blizzard is comparatively relaxing.

Decked out in snow goggles, a fur hat and thick jacket, he said he been clearing the driveway of his home on Granny Road in Farmingville, across from Tecumseh Elementary School in Farmingville, on and off since 5:30 a.m. That was as of 10 a.m.

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Glasson, who has lived in Farmingville since 1998, said he'll probably wait until Wednesday to bring the kids sledding on the hill behind Tecumseh, but will bring them out to play in the snow later.

"We have to wait for the wind to die down."

Carl Clarke has been living at his Oakdale Avenue home in Farmingville since 1982, and in snowstorms he often can be found using his snow blower to dig out not only his driveway, but his neighbors' as well. It's combination of charity and strategy.

As the corner house on the block, clearing the entire section from the corner and down a couple of homes prevents well-meaning plows from pushing the snow back into their driveways, he said.

After about 45 minutes of work, he had already cleared out his neighbor's driveways and was on to his own.

"You have to give back to people, you know? People who can't do for themselves."

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