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Dedham public works equipment strained by blizzard

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  February 9, 2013 08:34 AM

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By Dave Eisenstadter, Town Correspondent

While there have been few emergencies in Dedham related to the blizzard, Department of Public Works Director Joe Flanagan said his department has been struggling with some equipment issues.

“It’s a tough storm,” he said at about 8:20 a.m. Saturday.

Flanagan characterized the issues as equipment being worn down with plowing issues, but had little time to talk as he returned to road maintenance.

“The roads are passable but tough, snow is packed and there is some ice-pack on them,” Flanagan said.

Of Dedham’s nearly 11,000 NStar customers, 229 are experiencing outages, according to NStar’s online outage map.

Both Police Lieutenant Keith Boyle and Deputy Fire Chief Donald Beltis said things had been relatively quiet from their perspectives.

Beltis came on duty for the day shift at 8 a.m. on Saturday. During the night logs, the calls had been for downed wires, a couple of medical calls, and one carbon monoxide incident.

Beltis knew of one neighborhood in town without power – the high numbers on Highland Street past the Dedham Country Day School near Washington Street.

The National Weather Service is reporting it is 21 degrees in Dedham. The high today will be about 24 with wind chill values as low as -1. It will be blustery with a northwest wind of 22 to 24 miles per hour.

Snow will fall mainly before 1 p.m. with a total additional accumulation of four to eight inches possible, according to the Weather Service.

Around the state, about 400,000 people were without power as of Saturday morning. Go to the boston.com homepage and our liveblog for more coverage.

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