DPW Crews Prepare for New Storm While Still Cleaning Up from Previous One
EASTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB) — Although it’s been about two weeks since the blockbuster storm that dumped up to two feet of snow in Western Massachusetts, the cleanup continues, and DPW crews are keeping an eye on the weekend forecast as well.
“We’ve kind of got a two-pronged attack going, we’ve got to get ready for that storm and we’re still trying to clean up a little bit from the last big storm,” says Joseph Pipczynski, DPW Director in Easthampton.
Pipczynski says they could probably use another week to completely finish the cleanup work from the last storm.
“We’ve still got a lot of roads where the roads are very narrow and we realize if we get another at least 6 inches of snow some of those are going to be really tight so we’re working to widen them out as best we can,” says Pipczynski.
The DPW director also says crews are knocking down high snowbanks at some intersections to improve visibility and to give the plows somewhere to push the snow from the new storm.
One thing the crews have to look out for are snow banks that have iced up from the cold weather we’ve had over the last two weeks.
“The plow drivers this storm will be instructed to be careful of that snow bank because you won’t be able to move it with a plow and if you try to you’re just going to break the plow,” says Pipczynski.
The DPW director says Easthampton has about 24 plows on the roads during a storm, half are city plows and the other half are contractors who use their own trucks.