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February 13, 2013

Derry, Londonderry fare well after weekend storm

Residents, road crews dig out in fine fashion

With mounds of snow still towering over area roads and sidewalks, cleanup work continued this week after last weekend’s storm that dumped almost 2 feet of snow on the region.

Snowfall totals in Derry and Londonderry kept traffic to a minimum over the weekend so crews could do their work, keeping up with plowing and sidewalk clearing efforts through downtown areas and on side streets.

Those efforts were still going strong Monday when a wintry mix and rain fell.

Derry and Londonderry schools opened Monday, but after-school events and athletic practices were canceled midday after roads turned icy.

Londonderry officials said they had more fire calls early Monday morning due to slippery weather conditions than they had all weekend.

“Other than a lot of snow, people did well,” Londonderry fire Chief Kevin MacCaffrie said.

He said he didn’t expect any problems this week with roofs or other damage.

“It was a light, fluffy snow,” he said. “It got blown off the roofs and nothing stuck to the trees.”

Derry officials were also pleased with the outcome.

“Things went very well (over the weekend),” Derry Town Administrator John Anderson said. “We are now working on the remaining sidewalks and downtown cleanup.”

Anderson said extra crews were called in to keep up with plowing. The fact the storm hit at the beginning of a weekend was helpful, he said.

“The crews worked really hard all weekend,” he said. “And it helped having people off the roads on Saturday.”

Gov. Maggie Hassan urged motorists to stay off the roads as of 7 p.m. Friday and it appeared many heeded that advice.

Although the winds blew hard throughout the region, forming huge drifts against houses and into roads, no significant power outages were reported in either town.

Area schools fared well, too.

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