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Timing helped in storm cleanup

School vacation, holiday weekend aided plow crews

December 29, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — If the snow was going to hit, it hit with good timing.

With schools on winter break and fewer cars driving at night on a holiday weekend, plows were able to operate freely throughout the town on Sunday, Dec. 26.

"We are glad we didn't have to share the road with school buses," said Ron Trudeau, an operations manager for the Southbridge DPW. "They transport precious cargo and this time we didn't get in each other's way, thankfully. The worst part of the storm was during the night and a lot of people aren't comfortable driving during a storm, so things were made a lot easier."

Although Southbridge got off light in the snow department this past weekend, receiving only seven inches, 30 plow trucks were deployed by the town to take control of the situation.

"We were really prepared for this storm," said Trudeau. "People had been talking about this storm for over a week. These guys did a fantastic job and worked long hours. They take a lot of pride in what they do and it's grueling work. I can't say enough good things about these guys."

One of the largest problems was the drifting of the wind-driven snow. The powdery snow combined with gusty winds forced some already plowed streets to be plowed again.

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

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