Friday, January 22, 1999
Icy roads create havoc over weekend
Department of public works sanders and plows worked around the clock from Thursday night through the weekend trying to keep ahead of the snow, freezing rain and then more heavy rain on the already icy roads.
DPW Superintendent Gary Davis said, "It was ugly." However, his crews worked long hours and, "with a couple of hired plows," they managed to keep roads passable. The police dispatcher juggled incoming emergency calls, communications with the DPW and fire department, and sent police patrols to the most crucial spots.
Problems began on January 14, with two minor accidents and a disabled car, but by the next day there were five disabled cars and one stuck in a snowbank. On January 16 the snow turned to rain icing all the roads. There were three accidents and several other incidents, beginning at 4:25 a.m. when a newspaper delivery vehicle could not get up Hemlock Hill, then a Sunset Road homeowner was iced inside the house with the door frozen shut and a bank patron was reported "stuck on the ice." Sunday, January 17 was warm with further precipitation which prompted two skidding accidents. The hard rains on Monday caused an accident with an injury and three other storm-related incidents. By Monday afternoon, the storm had blown over and the worst-case scenariopower outages, downed lines and floodinghad been avoided.
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