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Braintree back to normal following Blizzard Nemo

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 12, 2013 01:17 PM

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Braintree officials say they are already operating normally, just days following a storm that dumped over two feet of snow on the South Shore community.

Though schools were closed on Monday, they were able to open with a one-hour delay Tuesday morning. Town offices and Thayer Public Library were able to open with normal operating hours on Monday.

“It was a challenging storm, I think that we made public safety a priority and maintained public safety,” said Peter Morin, chief of operations and staff for the town. “That’s our focus through any weather event, and we’re able to keep it that way, and keep the community safe. We’re just working on improving it every day.”

Morin said that though there were scattered outages through the town, there was no townwide loss of power.

The longest outage was Sunday afternoon, when a feed from NStar to the Braintree Electric Transfer Station failed. The break took a couple hours to repair, and mainly impacted East Braintree and Braintree Square.

Though the town is still working on plowing sidewalks, most plowing efforts also went well, Morin said.

Until sidewalks are clear, Morin advised residents to be careful. If residents can help clear sidewalks in front of their house, that would be appreciated, Morin said.

“The main roads were clear by the time the travel ban was lifted [at 4 p.m. on Saturday],” Morin said. “It was still challenging and we did have several smaller plows on pick up trucks get caught in drifts and have to be extracted. But things improved incrementally every day, and we’re getting some melt off cause of the temps and rain yesterday. Things are going well.”

Morin said the town did receive some complaints about plowing, and are following up with the specific contractors and will weigh whether to hire them again for future storms.

The town has also noted areas that needed more attention than others to plan for future storms.

“We’ve monitored where we’ve got a number of calls from and responded,” Morin said. “It was a difficult storm, there is no question. Some areas needed more attention and we learned from that.”

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