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Duluth officials apologize for storm response, mayor takes full responsibility

DULUTH, Minn. (KBJR) -- Residents in the Hillside neighborhoods are finally getting out of the house after some real cabin fever.

Hannah Johnson a resident in the neighborhood says, " I have been trapped here since Friday. As you can see I'm in the middle of trying to get out. It's been a long, long weekend here."

Single mother Brittany Harnishfeger says, "I was not very happy, I'll be honest with you. Just because, obviously I have three boys and they're very cooped up, and so they've been pretty antsy inside the house for the last couple days."

Even though it took some time getting out, some residents say there's no one to blame.

Johnson says, "It's no one's fault really, it's a lot of snow and it was a really fast turn around time on all the snows overnight. There's really nothing anyone could've done. There could've been better planning and stuff like that. But it is what it is."

But the kids, they're having a good time.

Harnishfeger says her three boys are having a great time bringing the snow inside.

"The big blocks of ice they're trying to transfer into my house I just have a mop and It'll all be okay," she says.

snowy street in Duluth

Duluth Mayor Emily Larson is taking full responsibility for the city's response to the historic blizzard last weekend.

Larson says the city has let community members down in its response to the storm.

Larson also addressed the fact that the Hillside neighborhoods were not plowed until last, saying that it was purely by reason of distribution of services.

The city says 90-percent of its residential roads were cleared as of 3 p.m. Tuesday, but roads with cars parked on both sides of the street were expected to be reached by Wednesday morning.

Road conditions are to blame for Wednesday's closures of Myers-Wilkins and Lowell Elementary Schools, according to Bill Gronseth, the Superintendent of Duluth Public Schools.

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