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Mayor Gary Christenson updates Malden on storm

Posted by Your Town  February 10, 2013 08:00 AM

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Dear Malden Residents,

With a little more than two feet of snow upon us, and many residents outside working to clean out cars and driveways, I would like to give you an update on our snow removal plan for the next few days.

First, I'm grateful for the hard work and dedication of our Department of Public Works. Last night, 82 pieces of equipment were out plowing and sanding the streets of Malden. The DPW and their contracted staff worked extremely hard as visibility was nearly zero throughout much of the night, slowing the plowing operation to a crawl. Please be patient and understand that the full cleanup will
take several days.

We are now approaching a time where our DPW staff has been on the road for over 30 hours. We will be rotating shifts to allow for proper rest and driver and resident safety. The DPW will regroup for another major operation over the next 48 hours. Again, this storm is a multi-day cleanup operation.

Further Storm Updates:
The Governor's driving ban has been lifted as of 4PM.
According to National Grid, no homes in the City of Malden are without power. For this I am
very thankful.
According to DPW Director, Bobby Knox, the cleanup strategy at this time is to widen and clear
major roads and to create one passable lane on small side streets. They will then go back later
with larger trucks and widen the side streets. This is critically important due to the need to
expose catch basins and fire hydrants.
With the effort to widen the streets to obtain access to catch basins and fire hydrants, some snow will be pushed back onto sidewalks and driveways. Our DPW understands this is frustrating for people, but this is the only way to accomplish public safety and avoid potential flooding, since major rain is in the forecast for next week. The DPW asks for your patience and cooperation in this historic storm.
If there is a fire hydrant or a catch basin in close proximity to your property, and if you have the
ability to help clear it out, this would be a major help from a public safety perspective and will
be most appreciated.
It is illegal to blow or shovel your snow into the streets. By City Ordinance, homeowners must
shovel sidewalks bordering their properties. I respectfully ask individuals with snowblowers and
plows to please assist your neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled, to clear their sidewalks in case of a medical emergency. This is a heavy snow, so please help your neighbors if you are able.
Please be sure your children (and pets) don't play or walk in the streets, as sometimes snowplow operators are blinded by snowdrifts and may not see them.
Monday's trash/recycling pickup will be picked up on Tuesday and doubled up with Tuesday's collection so that the rest of the week will stay as normal. For questions please email DPW@cityofmalden.org.
For further updates please log onto the City website www@cityofmalden.org.

Again, I'm grateful for the dedication of our Department of Public Works and our first responders. I appreciate your efforts and patience as we work together to get our City cleared of snow!

Sincerely,
Gary Christenson
Mayor

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