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After the deluge ...


Rain was a pain, but region escaped brunt of tropical storm



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A few stray puddles were the only hint Friday afternoon of the morning’s downpours, which kept town work crews busy keeping storm drains clear and dealing with motor vehicle accidents. Ryan Grannan-Doll. (click for larger version)
October 03, 2010
Wild weather kept area public safety officers and public works crews busy throughout the region Friday.

Local public works crews and police dealt with the effects of the remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole — which swept through the region Friday, fielding many reports of power outages, minor vehicle accidents and clogged drains. No major problems were reported in Southbridge and Sturbridge.

Southbridge DPW Operations Director Ronald Trudeau said that overall, the storm did not cause many problems.

"Nothing devastating. We just had the typical problem areas in town," Trudeau said.

His crews, however, encountered many drains clogged by falling leaves, many of which they had cleared by the end of their workday. The ground absorbed some of the rain, which eased the chances of flooding, he said. As of 2 p.m., Trudeau said, some drains still needed to be cleared.

"It just multiplies our draining problems," he said. "It was clogging as fast you can unclog it. We were all over the place."

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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