EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


February 10, 2013

Storm lives up to forecasters' expectations


Kingston police Chief Donald Briggs Jr. said his department was prepared for the worst, but reported no storm-related problems, including accidents.

The department deployed two of its four Humvees for use as patrol vehicles and had its two 5-ton carriers, obtained as military surplus, ready to make it through the deep snow. A wrecker was also available to pull vehicles out, he said.

But the wrecker didn’t get much use, Briggs said.

“People weren’t on the roads,” he said. “People were prepared for this storm and they stayed home.”

Police in neighboring Newton also didn’t report any problems.

“We have escaped relatively well,” Officer Chris Maguire said.

Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini said about 40 homes lost power in Haverhill at various points during the storm. As of 1:17 p.m. on Saturday, National Grid reported no outages in Haverhill.

Fiorentini said an overwhelming number of residents complied with his request not to park on city streets, which helped in snow plowing operations.

“In most areas, there was nearly 100 percent compliance with almost no cars on the street,” Fiorentini said. “Where we had problems were areas where people don’t have telephone land lines and didn’t get my call, or don’t have parking.”

The mayor is asking residents not to shovel their snow onto the streets as it creates problems.

“Sidewalk plows are out and are working in tandem with plows,” he said.

In Methuen, the DPW collaborated with the police and fire departments on emergency calls and also to make sure that nurses and other medical staff who lived in town had a way to get to their jobs at Holy Family Hospital and Lawrence General Hospital, according DPW Director DiFiore.

“We assigned a plow and a front end loader to go on medical calls,” DiFiore said.

“In order to get nurses to their shifts at Holy Family or Lawrence General, we either brought them up there or made sure their streets were plowed out. This was a great effort between the police, fire and DPW,” he said.

Reporters Doug Ireland, and Brian Messenger contributed to this report.

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