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Officials look back on storm response

'I hope in the future we can do better'

November 09, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — A week and a half removed from a nor'easter that dumped about a foot of snow on the region and knocked out power to almost everyone, officials this week looked back at the town's response to the storm.

Chairman Catherine Nikolla said at Monday's Town Council meeting she and Vice Chairman Denise Clemence went to the Community Center the morning of Oct. 30. They were met there by the police and fire chiefs, Department of Public Works employees, Town Clerk Madaline Daoust and a "handful of residents" who were let in because they did not have electricity or heat at their homes.

Nikolla said her first act was to sign an "executive order" so the town could seek reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

"We were definitely in the middle of an emergency," Nikolla said.

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

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