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Peabody still picking up after Saturday’s storm

Posted by Justin Rice  October 31, 2011 11:13 AM

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Crews in Peabody are picking up after Saturday night’s snowstorm that left one neighborhood without power and downed tree limbs and branches across town.

Mayor Michael Bonfanti said his neighborhood on the west side of the city was the only part of town that lost power after getting hit with about five inches of snow. He said power was out for about three and a half hours.

 “We have our own municipal light plant, so they were on it pretty quickly,” he said, adding that crews are cleaning up downed branches this morning.  “We have ordered our contractor JRM to pick up branches people put out.

“We called some crews in as well. Our DPW has been working basically nonstop. But we are nowhere no near [the damage] Leominster or those other communities. Overall we managed the storm pretty well. There was some minor disruption Saturday night.”

JRM Hauling will pick up tree debris from the storm through Saturday.  Tree limbs/branches must be three inches in diameter or smaller, be cut down to 3-foot sections and tied in bundles weighing no more than 50 pounds.

“Due to budgetary constraints and legal concerns, the city’s Forestry Department cannot pick up fallen trees, fallen limbs or tree debris from private property,” a press release from the mayor’s office stated.   

Residents may also bring debris, bundled in 3-foot lengths, to the Peabody Recycling Center at the Public Services Facility (50 Farm Ave.),today through Nov. 10 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. On  Nov. 26 residents can bring debris to Allied Waste on Forest Street from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

For further information please contact the Mayor’s office at 978-538-5702.

Bonfanti said he couldn’t remember a snowstorm like this one before Halloween during his tenure as mayor.  

“I can’t recall on my watch,” he said. “I have grandchildren now so I’m more aware of it now than a few years ago when my kids were grown up. The message like anything else: be careful when kids are out.”

Justin A. Rice can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com.

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