“My guys love this; they live for snow,” Massaro said. “Still, even people who feel like that need to rest. It’s unsafe.”
Emergency crews continued to plow streets, Massaro said, and teams hit roads again at 10 p.m. Saturday and worked through the rest of the weekend. After clearing major arteries, the focus shifted to side streets.
“It was very important to the mayor that we get there,” said Massaro. “I know he was frustrated, and so are we. People want to get out. We spent all night.”
On Monday afternoon, a snow strike force descended on the intersection of L Street and Columbia Road in South Boston to remove snow piles that stood taller than passing pedestrians. The team included four hulking dump trucks and two front-end loaders.
Police blocked off the street. The buckets cut like jaws, tearing through piles. Bucket by bucket, the heavy equipment filled dump trucks with frozen slush. The trucks lugged the payload to vacant lots.
It took almost 45 minutes to cut the snow piles to the curb. The work represented just one intersection in a sprawling city clamoring for snow to be gone. Norman Parks, a 26-year employee at the Public Works Department who helped supervise the operation, made an acute observation about the challenge ahead.
“It’s a lot of snow,” he said.
Jenna Russell of the Globe staff and correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed to this report. Andrew Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.