USA vs Serbia…..Snowstorm aftermath…

10 Feb

I have been in Serbia for a 7 months and counting…. I thought we were going to miss winter because it had been very mild!! A week and a half ago that changed for the worst!!! It started snowing and didn’t stop for three days!!! They said it was one of the worst snow storms to hit Zrenjanin in years.. They shut the schools down for two weeks. Zrenjanin has very few trucks, SUVs or 4X4 vehicles and it was very funny to watch many of them try to navigate these streets that had not been scraped or touched by the city! One of the funniest things I can remember seeing was a little Yugo that drove by with the rear wheel so packed full of snow that it wasn’t turning. It skidded down the road in front or me..

I am from a country that has large city trucks roaming the street the minute they hear of a snow storm. They start spreading salt and are ready to scrape the roads when the first snowfall begins. Here in Zrenjanin that is a different story! My street is a very commonly traveled street but it took them over a week to have it scraped clean!!! My boss at the school stated that “we are going to close the following week also to conserve electricity!” ahhahahah… The police will fine any citizen 5000 dinars if they don’t scrape their sidewalk or walkway. I witnessed many Serbs scrapping and helping each other push out and dig out their cars from snow drifts. One friend told me that the city was so far behind in payments to the last company that scrapped roads that they went broke.. It is now in the hands of a private company. In the USA , the government runs the crew under the “Department of Transportation”. 

 USA WINS!!!!! 

Those of us from the USA pay for our service through city, county, federal and property taxes but the service is so much better…


Posted by on February 10, 2012 in USA vs Serbia


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10 responses to “USA vs Serbia…..Snowstorm aftermath…

  1. boris

    February 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Hey, i just want to say 🙂 this is not USA vs Serbia this is USA vs Zrenjanin. For exemple in Belgrade, during that storms, main streets were pretty clean.

    • cather76

      February 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      hahhhahah… ok… good point… thanks for your info.. i should have said “zren vs usa” thanks buddy!!

  2. Zoran

    February 10, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Yep, agree with Boris. In Belgrade sidewalks and roads are clean and in some places dry, which is really good since temperature didn’t rise above -10 C. This snow storm was pretty strange for Serbia, because of combination of extremely low temperatures (-20 to -10 C) and huge amount of snow that fell in short period of time. Usually, when it snows, it’s around 0 C, so it’s easier for salt to do it’s work.

    • cather76

      February 10, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      gotcha… thanks for your input… i respect you and wasn’t trying to insult your country… just compare from my point of view!

    • SnowBunny

      February 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Yeah yeah….. Speaking of Belgrade, that is probably only city in Serbia that has clean streets…. I do not want to comment about the rest of Serbia, especially south part….

  3. Puacha Nas Troje

    February 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    ok… maybe Belgrade and larger cities, but the entire Serbia is a mess

  4. Zoran

    February 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I didn’t think you wanted to insult Serbia. 🙂

    Of course US will have better road servicing as the country has a lot more money to do it properly than we do. But overall I think we’re doing well when budgets are taken into account. Some countries with more money are doing worse. Look at Brits. They were taken totally by surprise last winter (I think). They didn’t have enough salt, they didn’t have enough trucks, they closed the Tube (even though it runs partially underground). Guess they got used to winters without snow…

    But, what you described in Zrenjanin is really weird, even for Serbia. It’s not common that roads are not cleaned after winter storm for a week! Might be due to the story you heard about private company not doing its job properly.

  5. Kiki

    February 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    I think it also depends on where in the US you’re from, too.. In the South, where I’m from we have a couple trucks and such, but we don’t get snow or ice much and if so, by sun rise it’s gone. The few times Memphis has been hit hard by snow it has not been able to maintain the streets and sidewalks. So maybe, in Illinois, there are a plethora of trucks, salt, etc. but that is not the case for all of US… same as here in Serbia. Every area is prepared differently.

    • Kiki

      February 12, 2012 at 1:38 pm

      Since I can’t remove the comment, I accidentally submitted it – but here in Belgrade, it also depends on where in Belgrade you are. I’m not in the center but I’m not on the outer edges. Our streets are half clear and our sidewalks have been buried for weeks now. We only see sidewalk when we shovel them for hours every day. My neighborhood has seemed to give up on clear sidewalks, too. LOL

  6. Natasa

    July 8, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Just wanted to point out out that here in Canada we find it funny when the USA gets hit with a little snow and the entire city/region shuts down! Wusses 😛 Just joking. It’s all about planning We know 100% we are getting snowed so we have the infrastructure in place to take care of it. As you go further down south in the USA, winter storms are not as common so when one occurs the response simply isn’t the same. Last winter I was in Beograd during the two-week snow storm and it was tough! Very different experience than what I’m used to.


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