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Help people!!

I have just come back to my house after a few days away there is a huge pile of snow blocking the access to my house. I live down a small lane and there is a pile of snow about 1.5 by about 5 meters been dumped there. I am having to stay at a friends as its not passable.

Its impossible to pass and now i am going to have to have it cleared and pay a fortune for the pleasure. Surely the communue cannot just dump the snow there? it may also have been my neighbors I am not sure.

What is the legality? should I call the police??
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Old 02.02.2015, 23:05
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Re: Snow way!

Get a snow shovel and learn how to walk down the lane cant believe its impassible by foot
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Re: Snow way!

yes i have one thanks but it is in the house!
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Re: Snow way!

Are you saying that it's impossible to get into your house dur to a huge pile of snow in front your door?

I would go to the commune office tomorrow and complain. I don't think it's acceptable to block access to someone's property. What if you'd been inside at the time? How would you have got out?
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Re: Snow way!

Yes its very very bad. I live in a ski town Leysin and the snow has just dumped but its terrible that someone has put so much outside my house. I am just worried as if you piss people off here well that is it no options as its a small town
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Re: Snow way!

Why not ask your neighbours if they know how it got there?

They might surprise you and help you.

Difficult to say anything without pictures.

Might it have been something to do with the machines clearing the main road beside it and not realising there was a small lane there.
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Re: Snow way!

We've had about 1m50 of snow in last few days- and I imagine Leysin has had about the same. Everytime the snow plough clears the main road, the snow plough pushes the snow to the side and leaves a big mound of snow. The last few days, our entrance and the entrance to our rear drive and car park has been blocked every time, about 3 times a day. If you clear it everytime, it is an annoyance but not a big problem. There is absolutely no way the council can clear the road with a snow plough and not do this. If you have been away for the last few days- they would have cleared about, as said above, 1m50 of snow with the plough, and huge amounts would have accumulated in front of your house. Had we not cleared our entrance 3x daily in the last few days- we could not get in either. Even in the garden, the snow is up to the window sills- so you can imagine the amount of snow that would have been pushed to the side by snow-plough. If we go away, neighbours would deal with this- and we do the same for them. Fortunately we all have snow-blowers as well as many shovels.

Nowt you can do but clear it- knock on neighbours' or friend's houses to borrow shovels and ask for their help. Complaining to the Council (Commune) would not help at all, I'm afraid. They are paid to clear the roads with snowplough- but not to then open the was to peoples' drives or houses. Around here there are some cars which have been left by the road and which are now totally and absolutely covered with snow, and almost invisible.

A photo would be better to determine the cause- but probably above, and nothing with *issing neighbours off.

Here is our drive today- this amount of snow fell in last 3 days- so you can imagine how much would accumulate when cleared from road with snowplough! And a picture of our ... patio.
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Re: Snow way!

Hi there,

its not looking like this at all. its like a huge pile where a lot of collected snow has been dumped. not like your images
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Re: Snow way!

its more of a pile
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Re: Snow way!

at the entrance of the lane down which my house is
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Re: Snow way!

I've just come back from choir rehearsal tonight where I was speaking to a friend who lives at higher altitude in the Jura. She told me that as she left her village to come to rehearsal tonight, there were bulldozers and trucks digging up the snow "mountains" and dumping them into trucks who were taking the snow away to be dumped on the outskirts of the village. She was particularly excited because for the last 3 days she hasn't been able to access her house except for on foot - and the bigger problem was where to leave her car as the centre of the village was piled up metres high with ploughed snow. She left her car a few minute's walk away down a ploughed residential street with space to park. So not ideal.

It sounded a bit extreme to me - not being able to get to your house - but she explained that only 4 houses are down this little alley off the main street which is very narrow so it is an ideal emergency dumping area for the village centre (which is otherwise very narrow).

Perhaps go into the commune office tomorrow to ask about the pile of snow and whether steps will be taken to remove/plough an entrance through it soon. I assume you can access on foot? How far away from the blocking mound of snow is your front door? Have you lived there in previous years? If yes, did this not happen before? It could well be linked to the large amount of snow that fell in a short time. 1 metre plus for the Jura, for example, is quite a lot given that it practically fell in the space of 48 hours and over a weekend.
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Re: Snow way!

Looks pretty easy to walk around and go down the lane to your house. Obviously a challenge to get a car in or out bout a person will walk around it in no time
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Re: Snow way!

What does the sign say (in the pic, barely visible)??
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Re: Snow way!

Thanks for all your comments, this is not the actual pile but one similar. I did not take a photo of the pile. if anything i think the one blocking my place is bigger.

I have not lived there before so this is my first winter there.
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Re: Snow way!

Welcome to living in the mountains. When I arrived at our house in Chatel on Friday after being in Lausanne all week, our driveway had over a meter of snow in it and the front of the drive had a mound about 2 meters high left by the snow plow.

I parked my car in a neighbors' drive, put my big girl panties on and hoofed it in snow up to my armpits to get inside my house. If you are not prepared to do this, I would suggest going into town and buying some snowshoes to climb your "pile".

While my husband was out with the snowblower on Friday night digging us out, the snowplow came down the road again and my husband gestured to him and he cleaned up the pile in about two minutes.

Do your neighbors have a snowblower or even real snowplows? (My neighbors on either side have actual snowplows. My husband is jealous.) My advice is to keep your eyes peeled while you are out shoveling and ask for help from the first person you see with better equipment than you!
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Re: Snow way!

First thing today:
1) Speak to the neighbours to find out when and who put the snow there
2) Photograph it and then speak to who put it there and insist they remove it
2a) Speak to the commune if they don't move the snow
3) Come back on here post pictures and update us on what happened.
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Thanks for all your comments, this is not the actual pile but one similar. I did not take a photo of the pile. if anything i think the one blocking my place is bigger.

I have not lived there before so this is my first winter there.
You haven't answered the question: are you not able to get past on foot?
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We've had about 1m50 of snow in last few days- and I imagine Leysin has had about the same. Everytime the snow plough clears the main road, the snow plough pushes the snow to the side and leaves a big mound of snow. The last few days, our entrance and the entrance to our rear drive and car park has been blocked every time, about 3 times a day. If you clear it everytime, it is an annoyance but not a big problem. There is absolutely no way the council can clear the road with a snow plough and not do this. If you have been away for the last few days- they would have cleared about, as said above, 1m50 of snow with the plough, and huge amounts would have accumulated in front of your house. Had we not cleared our entrance 3x daily in the last few days- we could not get in either. Even in the garden, the snow is up to the window sills- so you can imagine the amount of snow that would have been pushed to the side by snow-plough. If we go away, neighbours would deal with this- and we do the same for them. Fortunately we all have snow-blowers as well as many shovels.

Nowt you can do but clear it- knock on neighbours' or friend's houses to borrow shovels and ask for their help. Complaining to the Council (Commune) would not help at all, I'm afraid. They are paid to clear the roads with snowplough- but not to then open the was to peoples' drives or houses. Around here there are some cars which have been left by the road and which are now totally and absolutely covered with snow, and almost invisible.

A photo would be better to determine the cause- but probably above, and nothing with *issing neighbours off.

Here is our drive today- this amount of snow fell in last 3 days- so you can imagine how much would accumulate when cleared from road with snowplough! And a picture of our ... patio.
Why on earth the groan, Richdog. I posted before the OP posted a picture of the pile. The photos show how much snow we have had to clear in last 4 days (no more today!) and as an indication of how much would have piled up had we not cleared 3 or 4 times daily. Groan worthy, really?

We have a very similar pile at the beginning of the rural/tractor road next to our house, where all the snow picked up by snowplough is dumped- but it is only an access road to the fields, and there are NO houses there. In your case, you really need to talk to the Council/Commune and they need to clear this asap. If your house is registered as a dwelling, and you are registered as living there and paying local taxes- they should never ever dump snow there preventing access. Although, as said in my previous post- the snowplough can still leave a big mound of snow just by passing by, and if this is not cleared everytime they go past, it will soon amount to quite a sizeable amount. Hope you've got it sorted out by now.

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You haven't answered the question: are you not able to get past on foot?
It's been over 12 hours without an answer from the OP. Suggest it may be time to inform Leysin Emergency Services that there is a possible Buried Newbie in one of their snow piles.
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