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Snow Removal Goes Smoothly in Northampton

noho snowNORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — While much of Springfield has spent the last few days digging out, other cities didn’t have as big of a problem.

As the snow fell Friday night, the Northampton DPW and even some homeowners like Justin Bezina were already beginning the clean-up.

Its part of the reason why folks who live here say the snow removal went so smoothly.

“We were out that night.  I removed snow myself, and all the city guys were out there as well, so it really went pretty quickly,” says Bezina.

When the snow intensified coming down hard, Mayor David Narkewicz wanted to get a first-hand look.

“I actually went out that evening on one of the plow trucks myself to sort of assess it. We spent about 4 to 5 hours with a driver plowing one of the sections of our city.  You plow an area, come back 2 hours later and it was as if you had never plowed,” explains Mayor Narkewicz.

He says it helped that people listened to Governor Patrick’s warning to stay of the roads.

Enforced parking bans, and emergency calls to residents also emphasized the storm’s severity.

That made removing the snow from the city’s 175 miles of roads a lot easier.

As far as the number of upset residents goes Mayor Narkewicz told us, “We didn’t receive a large number of complaints.  I think people understand the magnitude of the storm, and if they’ve cleaned their own roads and driveways have an appreciation of it.”

While many of us have probably had enough of the snow, some folks in Northampton actually like it.

Resident Karen Cedar says, “I love the snow. Keeps everybody away. Let’s us enjoy our snow if they don’t like it!  Sick of the snow?  This is the only snow we’ve gotten pretty much all year, so if the snow wanted to stick around, I’d be fine with it.”

As for those downtown snow piles, Mayor Narkewicz knows they’re dangerous for visibility.  He says starting tomorrow the DPW will begin knocking them down.

While Northampton didn’t get that many public service emergencies, plows still went out with emergency crews to help in the snowy conditions.


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