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Merrimack Valley

February 6, 2014

Taken by Storm

Add 10 more inches of snow to the season's totals


“It’s easier for our plows to get out there and do what they have to do,” he said.

With the exception of some fender benders and spin-outs, Lawrence police and firefighters reported no major problems. Public Works Director John Isensee also noted no water breaks were reported, issues that tend to crop up with the city’s antiquated water supply system in the cold weather.

“That’s a blessing in itself,” he said.

In Haverhill, Mayor James Fiorentini said it will take several days to complete sidewalk plowing and to remove snow in major commercial areas. He asked residents who clear their own sidewalks of snow not to plow or shovel snow back into the streets.

Local schools made the decision Tuesday night to cancel classes, sending out calls late in the evening.

Last night, Mayor Fiorentini said he expected there would be school in Haverhill today. But the final decision wouldn’t be made until around 2 a.m., after Schools Supt. James Scully and Maintenance Director Tom Geary had completed their tour of school properties. Officials in other communities were also monitoring the progress of snow removal and local road conditions to determine whether it was safe to reopen schools for today.

At Lawrence Municipal Airport in North Andover, manager Michael Miller said the snow storm didn’t keep the airport from remaining open.

“From my perspective, the timing of the storm couldn’t have been better,” Miller said last night.

“It was all-day long, which allowed us to fight it during the day light hours. It started late enough in the morning that it allowed us to get a good night sleep. And with the storm’s early ending, it allowed us to get to the cleanup. We never closed the airport and we’re not going to close it,” Miller said.

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