DERRY — The weather was bad enough, many many residents said the situation was made worse when town crews did a sub-par job maintaining the roads.
Numerous residents said Derry failed to take good care of its roads following the storm and the bitter temperatures that followed last week, with a lot of them taking to social media to say more should have been done.
Tracy Beaton said it was a major effort to get home last Friday.
She got off a clear highway at week’s end, but drove home to Derry and found slush-covered, slippery roads.
“I thought Saturday, at least, would be better, but no and I ended up sliding everywhere,” she said.
April Dobrinski lives near South Range Elementary School and said plow sightings were few and far between.
“I think we saw a plow twice during the storm,” she said.
Dobrinski lives in a community where buses travel often and travel remained difficult Monday morning.
Many said they thought Derry schools should have opened later Monday.
“I work at Derry Village School and we had a lot of parents complaining,” she said.
Dobrinski said school staff had difficult getting up the road into the school. There were also reports of buses sliding on local hills.
But town officials maintained the best job was done, considering the type of storm.
“I think we did a great job,” said Larry Budreau, acting town administrator.
Budreau said Monday he had received only one email complaint about the condition of Derry’s roads.
Temperatures dipping dangerously low made the job more difficult for road crews, he said.
“When it’s that cold, it creates a challenge for snow removal,” he said. “When it’s under 15 degrees, road salt has no effect.”
The Derry News Facebook page was burning up all weekend and Monday with complaints specifically about Derry roads.