Storms Give Residents a Choice – Shovel Out or Pay Up

Recent storms have dumped plenty of snow on Southern New England, leaving residents and business owners with a choice: shovel your sidewalks or get slammed with a fine from the city.

Cities and towns generally have laws on the books that make homeowners and business owners responsible for clearing out the sidewalks in front of their property.  For most people that means grabbing a shovel and digging out on your own.

ABC6 Reporter Erin Logan found some small businesses in North Providence that have so much snow piled up nearby that it's a struggle to keep up with the shoveling and attend to their customers. 

But police departments reiterate that the laws are for everyone's safety.

Erin has the details from North Providence.