Battling the Aftermath of Winter Storms as the Big Thaw is Underway

Giant potholes and planks of ice falling from rooftops and trees can be dangerous and even deadly.
3:00 | 02/18/14

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at home, the big thaw tonight, under way. That means the ice is under way. Flanks of ice falling off roofs in neighborhoods. And add to that, the potholes into the streets. Geo Benitez takes us into the mess to show us the people battling the after math. Reporter: Tonight, another storm sweeping through the northeast. White-out conditions in butler, Pennsylvania, so bad, this armored truck flipped. Near Chicago, this car, stuck on icy tracks gets struck by a train. Watch again. Miraculously, the driver walked away unhurt. In Pennsylvania a carport collapsed, trapping a man under the rubble. Crews had to cut through the roof to pull him to safety. In millburn, New Jersey, they're using metal detectors and Google maps to hunt down buried fire hydrants -- 15 minutes to dig one out. So many cities and towns hitting their breaking points. Here's a man using a blow torch to melt ice. This is the best way 'cause it's four inches thick here. Reporter: In New Jersey, a dire salt shortage. In Jersey City, no salt for 18 days. You've been without salt for two weeks? Yes, so we had some arrive yesterday, a Normal storm will go through about 800 tons of salt. We got 500 delivered yesterday. Reporter: So many roads here are still unplowed. Kids were ice skating down streets. And people in some parts of Jersey City have another problem -- snow-covered cars like this will be ticketed starting tomorrow, this man, stuck since this morning, posting signs on his car. I tried for two hours to get the ice underneath to get out. But that is almost impossible. He got out, but hopefully won't drive into the potholes that have formed. Jersey filling double what they did last year. New York filling 100,000 since January. Experts say hitting a pothole can be like the force of a 35-mile-per-hour car crash. There is a warm up already on the way. But forecasters say don't get used to it. The warm up is brief. We have a shot of very colds air coming back into the east and midwest, middle to latter half of next week. Reporter: And here in new Jersey, want transportation chief warning if there is another storm, the state may have to shut down the interstates. Diane there is too much snow

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