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Mayor, County Executive Volunteer At Shelter During Cold Evenings

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- Two women from Gibsonia, KC Demore, and her daughter, Laura Bechtold, drove to Pittsburgh Wednesday afternoon, parked their car on the North Side, then walked a block or so to the Light of Life Rescue Mission with two bundles of blankets for the homeless.

"We have too many blankets at home, and it was time to clean out, so we thought we could find someone who could use them [here in Pittsburgh]," Demore said.

Bechtold said along with the blankets, they also brought 25 hand warmers to donate at the shelter, where Mayor Bill Peduto, and County Executive Rich Fitzgerald were helping to serve warm dinners to some of the homeless people who had come to the shelter to get out of the cold.

Fitzgerald told KDKA TV's Ralph Iannotti, "We got lulled into a false sense of security in November, and December, and even the first week or so of this month."

He said this kind of weather, Pittsburghers have come to expect, and "it's something we prepare for every year."

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Asked about some complaints from city residents regarding snow removal over the past day or so, Mayor Peduto said it's going to take at least 24 hours to plow city streets after the "Level One" snowfall we've had.

"I wish I could plow every street in 4 hours," Peduto said, but, it's just not possible. The Mayor said the city would be hiring eight new truck drivers in the next week, so we will be able to put additional crews out when there's a snowstorm.

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