You may have measured Sunday's blizzard by how long it took to shovel your driveway. But Patch dug deeper for a by-the-numbers accounting of the storm.
Department of Public Works superintendent Tom Gannon said considering the wind, the amount of snow and the fact that it was coming down horizontally for hours, the crew did great. There were 16.8 inches of snow as of 2 p.m. on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
There were more than 20 DPW members who worked to clean the streets, Gannon said. They sanded at 11 a.m. to get a base coat before the snow and then the plowing started at 3 p.m. and ran through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, he said. There were about 10 plows out in the snow.
Gannon was up all Monday night and the crew came in at 3 a.m. Tuesday to clear the snow shoveled into the roads. There were no accidents or major complaints, Gannon added.
The used a total of 100 employees, 1,600 tons of sand/salt, 16 hours of regular time and 32 hours of overtime during the snow storm and beforehand to clear the way for residents, according to a spokesman.