In the wake of a snowstorm of historic proportions it seems patently unfair to criticize the snow removal effort. And there may be a bit of armchair quarterbacking in questioning the Town of Leesburg’s road-clearing strategy.
But it cannot be ignored that something went horribly wrong in town.
Following a blizzard, residents in the far reaches of rural Loudoun have reason to expect to be snowed in for a week. That’s a lifestyle choice. That is not an expectation a resident living in a town subdivision should have, however.
The concern is not that these residents have been inconvenienced; their safety has been jeopardized.
The poor performance cannot be undone. This week there were too few people working too hard at a tough job.
Those town leaders who think it imprudent to invest more into emergency equipment and manpower, should keep in mind that this is the second “Storm of the Century” we’ve had in the past six years. It won’t be long before they are put to the test again.
Leesburg was once the county’s leader in snow-removal efficiency. That should be the town’s goal and residents’ expectation.