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Haverhill

February 6, 2014

Few accidents in region, plowing goes smoothly

Here’s how each community weathered the storm:

ANDOVER

The snow caused little trouble in town, thanks to a response by 157 vehicles working to clear the roads.

“It’s a lot,” Chris Cronin, director of municipal services, said. “But to keep (the town) at the level of service we have, it takes a lot of vehicles.”

Even during the height of the storm when snow was falling at a rate of an inch an hour, Cronin said things were going fine.

“The snow is coming down at a pretty good clip, and it has been a challenge,” Cronin said. “But we aren’t over-challenged.”

Temperatures also made response favorable and kept problems to a minimum, he said.

“We’re in the high 20s. There’s no wind, so that’s terrific,” he said. “It’s just cold enough where it’s much lighter. We’ve been very lucky with this storm.”

By 1 p.m., about 81/2 inches of snow was recorded in Andover, with another 2 to 4 inches expected before the storm tapered off, Cronin said. As the storm began to dissipate, the clean-up process began to take the roads from being passable to being clear, he added.

Downtown, life in Andover was quiet. Memorial Hall Library, Town Offices and schools were all closed for the day , and trash and recycling pickup were postponed a day.

A winter parking ban was expected to remain in place until this morning.

The town hadn’t exhausted its roughly $1.2 million snow and ice removal budget prior to the storm’s arrival yesterday. But Cronin said that wasn’t expected to last, especially with another storm, albeit more minor, forecasted for Sunday.

“I expect, by the end of the storm, we’ll be over-budget,” he said. “We’ll handle that (next) storm as we handled this storm. Public safety comes first.”

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