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New Hampshire

February 10, 2013

Storm lives up to forecasters' expectations

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At least in the case of Methuen, DiFiore said he believes the lack of power outages in the city was influenced greatly by aggressive tree trimming conducted by National Grid and the city during the summer and fall months.

DiFiore said he also believes the entire region was also blessed by the timing of the storm and Gov. Deval Patrick’s travel ban that went into effect 4 p.m. Friday and was finally lifted at 4 p.m. yesterday.

“We had some very good luck,” DiFiore said. “This storm, as difficult as it was, fell on a very good time — Friday afternoon. It gave us the entire evening and into the morning and Saturday to clean it up. And we still have Sunday to continue the cleanup.”

Yesterday many public works crews were on the job and anticipating a long night ahead.

“We got everything pushed back and cleaned up,” Salem Public Works Director Rick Russell said. “We need more room.”

“Main roads are good,” was Russell’s assessment early yesterday afternoon. “We kept up with it to a point, but there’s just so much you can do.”

Russell said Salem had 28 inches of snow but drifts up to 5 feet in places such as Lawrence Road, Brady Avenue and North Policy Street.

Pelham did just fine, Selectmen Chairman William McDevitt said. “We appeared to have made it through successfully,” McDevitt said. “I hunkered down.”

Windham also made it through without major difficulties, according to Selectman Kathleen DiFruscia.

“No lost power and the streets are getting plowed,” she said.

DiFruscia said it looked like 2.5 to 3 feet of snow in the yard, with drifts of 4 or 5 feet around the patios overlooking Cobbetts Pond.

Colleen Kowalczyk echoed the comments of many as she walked around downtown Derry yesterday, “I’m not afraid of this,” Kowalczyk said. “This is New England. It comes every year. This is no big surprise.”

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