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Newton officials warn that roads are still dangerous

Posted by Deidre Fernandes  February 9, 2013 02:19 PM

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Newton city officials said that while the city fared well during the blizzard, residents should continue to use caution and stay off the roads until Sunday.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Newton Mayor Setti Warren said.

While Gov. Deval Patrick has lifted the driving ban statewide effective at 4 p.m. Saturday, city crews and private contractors will continue to plow roads through the night and there are several high snow drifts and visibility is low, Warren said.

Only five houses were without power as of 2 p.m. and the city has received reports of only a few fallen limbs, Newton officials said.

Fire and police are now responding post-snow calls, including complaints of chest pains for residents shoveling snow. The fire department has also responded to a call on carbon monoxide poisoning because the snow is blocking heating vents.

Fire Chief Bruce Proia recommended that residents clear the vents to their heating systems.

Parking on the streets is still prohibited.

Deirdre Fernandes can be reached at deirdre.fernandes@globe.com.

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