Plow pushes snow chunk into driveway

A Zeeland Township driveway has been blocked by a lot of snow and an icy snow chunk, pushed there by a county plow. (Feb. 4, 2014)
A Zeeland Township driveway has been blocked by a lot of snow and an icy snow chunk, pushed there by a county plow. (Feb. 4, 2014)

ZEELAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michael Dunlap can now use his very wintry driveway once again.

“In my wildest dreams I never thought I would see something of this nature,” he said.

A county plow truck pushed snow into the driveway of his Zeeland Township home — a lot of snow — at the corner of Spring Court and Summer Drive.

In addition to several feet of plowed snow, a large, frozen chunk broke off from a nearby snowbank earlier this week.

A large chunk of snow from a snowbank was blocking this driveway at the corner of Spring Court and Summer Drive in Zeeland Township on Feb. 4, 2014. The chunk was removed the next day (pictured).
A large chunk of snow from a snowbank was blocking this driveway at the corner of Spring Court and Summer Drive in Zeeland Township on Feb. 4, 2014. The chunk was removed the next day (pictured).

“Found out it was 26 feet and 10 inches in circumference at the largest spot. So I may have the largest snowball in West Michigan,” Dunlap told 24 Hour News 8 on Tuesday.

He couldn’t get through and said it was too much snow for him to clear out on his own.

“Hopefully we can work something out because this is not going to be something that I can do obviously with this [shovel]. Or my snow blower, even,” he said Tuesday.

Dunlap discovered the blockage when he came home for lunch earlier in the day Tuesday.

He said he called the County a few times, and officials said they came out and looked at it and thought it wasn’t that bad.

He thinks they may have been looking at the wrong driveway and hoped they will come out and fix it Wednesday.

“I don’t think they’ve quite got the full aspect of what I’m up against here yet,” he said. “I’m not sure they have even figured out which is my driveway. It’s a good possibility they have driven past my driveway a few times as I almost did.”

Dunlap said he wasn’t angry — he just wanted to use his driveway.

“What else can you say? This is winter in West Michigan.”

The road commission was closed Tuesday evening before 24 Hour News 8 could request comment.

24 Hour News 8 on Wednesday drove by the residence and noticed the large snow chunk was gone. The Ottawa County Road Commission told 24 Hour News 8 a crew came by overnight with a front-end loader and moved the snow chunk. We were told the machine was doing working elsewhere and they had to wait for it to get into that area before the work could be done.