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Update: Post Office: Bronx All Plowed

Some Brooklyn, Queens streets still sloggy

Update: Post Office: Bronx All Plowed

Update, 5:25 p.m.: DSNY reports back that there are 149 designated tertiary streets in Queens.

A main thoroughfare in Flushing, Parsons Blvd. was still unplowed as of this morning, according to the office of Councilman Dan Halloran, R-Whitestone. His office also reported that within the confines of the 109th Police Precint, a man in cardiac arrest on Tuesday waited three hours for emergency responders, who were impeded by unplowed roads. He was dead on arrival.

Mail service in all corners of the Bronx and Manhattan had resumed by yesterday, according to a USPS spokeswoman, but is still spotty in Queens and Brooklyn.

"We attempted all the delivery, but simply couldn't because the streets weren't plowed," said USPS spokeswoman Darleen Reid

"In Manhattan and the Bronx, as of Tuesday, everything was back to normal," she said.

Reports from around Northeast Queens indicate that things are not yet back to normal, as Patch has received emails and comments from readers frustrated that they have not received mail since before the onset of the storm.

The city's system of designating which streets get plowed has been by triaging streets into three designations: primary, secondary, and tertiary levels of traffic and use.

There are no tertiary street designations in Manhattan, but 38 tertiary streets in the Bronx, according to the Department of Sanitation.

"Each borough is different," said DSNY spokesman Keith Mellis, "The operation may be the same, but they may be laid out differently."

He could not immediately say how many tertiary streets are in Queens or Brooklyn, or why the layout of the Bronx allowed for quicker snow clearing of tertiary streets.

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