Walpole Fares Well After Blizzard of 2013

Minimal power outages and hard work by DPW crews helped Walpole avoid the worst of the blizzard.

While many in the state are still without power Walpole fared relatively well during the Blizzard of 2013.

There were minimal power outages - 25 the most at one time - and town officials at the Emergency Operations Center received a handful of medical emergency calls during the storm and minor calls about branches falling on wires or in the road. There was also a minor car accident where a car rear-ended a town-owned truck.

The Delaney Water Treatment Plant on Washington Street also lost power during the storm. The plant is working on emergency back up power and NSTAR crews are working to restore power.

Walpole saw close to 24 inches of snow fall from Friday morning through Saturday morning.

Plow and salting crews worked diligently throughout the storm and have cleared most of the roads to the point where they are passable.

Cleanup crews will now focus their efforts on getting the schools ready for Monday and then will shift gears towards the downtown area and East Walpole.

"Snow removal Downtown and in East Walpole will take place overnight Monday into Tuesday. There is simply too much snow to do it safely during the day. I have made arrangements with MCI Cedar Junction to dispose of snow there as we have done previously," Walpole Town Administrator Michael Boynton said.

Walpole Fire Chief Timothy Bailey is urging residents to help clear snow away from fire hydrants and to check gas, dryer & oil burner vents.

Boynton said that the cost of the storm to the town could be "several hundred thousand dollars from start to finish." They are working on an estimate.

We will have more information on the aftermath of the storm and how it affects Walpole as we receive it.


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