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PHOTO GALLERY: Columbia residents dig through blizzard aftermath

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 | 12:41 p.m. CST; updated 3:40 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Columbia resident Bill Wheatley uses a snow blower to help his neighbor, Justin Toke, clear his driveway of snow on Wednesday.

As the snowfall total reached 17.7 inches in Columbia as of Wednesday morning, residents began digging their way out of snow piles. Interstate 70 reopened in Missouri, but cities across the Midwest face unsafe conditions as roads continue to be plowed.

Columbia Transit bus driver Archie Smith watches as snow is loaded into a dump truck on Broadway on Wednesday. "Mother Nature, man," said Smith about the snowfall. "Our time was due."
Wind-sculpted ridges in the snow surround an empty bench at Stephens Lake Park on Wednesday. No people were out at the park early Wednesday morning.
A vehicle rests abandoned on the side of Brenda Lane near East Walnut Street on Wednesday morning, seemingly unable to make it up the street near Stephens Lake Park.
Jason Crowley and Zack Coch help remove snow from cars on Wednesday at Ashland Manor Apartments. Crowley and Coch, both employees at Poehlmann Lawn & Landscape, had been clearing snow around the Columbia area since the beginning of the storm on Tuesday. "Yesterday was the worst," Coch said. "This is easy."
A dump truck filled with snow from downtown streets drives west on Broadway past Columbia City Hall on Wednesday morning.
Pedestrians navigate downtown Wednesday morning using paths created by street plows since most sidewalks remain unshoveled. City crews were working through the night and morning to try to clear snow piles, many exceeding 6 feet in height, from the centers of downtown streets.
Chris Gebhardt walks past a snow drift across Broadway on Wednesday morning. Gebhardt was taking photos of his wife, Deb Rust, outside of Tellers, which the couple owns.
Michael Marcum clears the sidewalk in front of Makes Scents on Ninth Street on Wednesday.
Enjoli Gavin scrapes off her car using her hand and a dust pan Tuesday morning in a parking lot off Walnut Street. Gavin was out cleaning her car in case she had to go to work.

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