Digging out from the snow: Cleanup efforts underway in Attleboro

Approximately 100 plows have been on the roads all night clearing more than 200 miles of roadways in the city

By: Tim Studebaker

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ATTLEBORO, MASS. (WLNE) – The clean up is underway after a winter wallop dumped snow on southern New England.

Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux says, “I was just out doing my driveway and a couple of my neighbors’ driveways, and it looks like there’s around a foot of snow out there, maybe just a little bit less than that.”

In Attleboro, the city has about 100 plows on the roads.  They’ve been out all night, clearing the city’s 200+ miles of roadways, trying to keep up with the storm.

Heroux says, “The reason the plows are out while the snow is coming down is to keep the roads open for emergency vehicles.  It would be impossible to keep the roads clear enough to be considered safe for drivers while the snow is coming down.”

The mayor says it’s important to stay off the roads if you can.  Once the snow stops, that’s when they’ll start working to get city streets cleared to the curb which will take a few hours.  He also reminds residents not to throw snow back out into the street, but instead to pile it on your own property.

Meanwhile, shopping plaza parking lots up and down Route 1 were buzzing with activity as private plow companies come in to clear the snow.

Kenny Norigian with United Fence Company says, “We do the Stop and Shop plaza, we do the plaza over here with Starbucks, all the restaurants over here.”

The plow crews with United Fence, out of Johnston, were up and at ’em early this morning.

Norigian says, “About 3:30 this morning we got here.”

He says underneath the light fluffy snow in those parking lots is a layer of ice that they’re treating with salt.  Aside from cleaning up from the storm, they have another goal.

Norigian says, “Try to keep warm.”

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