DPW Continues the Clean-Up Operations from the Blizzard of 2013
Weston's Department of Public Works crews have been very busy the past three days clearing streets and helping the town recover from the Blizzard of 2013.
Weston's Department of Public Works crews put in a straight 30 hours of work during the Blizzard of 2013 that barreled through Weston Feb. 8 and 9.
DPW Director of Operations Bob Hoffman said the town's 24 plows were in the streets working from 2 p.m. Friday right through to 8 p.m. Saturday. Additionally, 30 pieces of contracted equipment were on the job for a full 27 hours during that same time period.
And the town's seven sanders spread about 216 tons of road salt Friday and Saturday.
"For the type of storm we had, I think things went extremely well," Hoffman said.
During the storm and in its immediate aftermath, Hoffman said the crews were busy just trying to keep roads passable.
"The priority then was to keep roads open for emergency vehicles," Hoffman said. "We had to keep the roads open so they could get in."
Hoffman said the DPW has received a few complaints from residents about particularly narrow side streets or areas where mail carriers can't get to mailboxes. Hoffman said crews are hard at work widening those areas where possible and clearing the sidewalks that still need to be done.
"The melting has helped us," Hoffman said. "The warm weather. Another big success of this storm is that we didn't have snow on the ground already. It was a little easier because we had storage space."
Hoffman estimated that the remainder of the town's sidewalks will be cleared Wednesday after crews spend Tuesday night working.
"It's easier to work at night then during the daytime because of the traffic," Hoffman explained.
He also pointed out that his crews, along with the Weston Fire Department, are busy trying to clear snow from around the town's 800 fire hydrants. He commended residents who have taken the step to clear the hydrants nearest their residences.
"For the type of storm we had, I think things went extremely well."