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Calculating New Hyde Park's Storm Efforts

Town of North Hempstead workers put in 32 hours of overtime during the storm.

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.

Hank Cimler December 29, 2010 at 12:13 PM
Unfortunately living on a dead end street, Bregman Ave, we did not have snow removed until we made numerous calls to 311 and to the Town Supervisors office. It was 48 hours before a plow made a complete sweep of our block. Residents of the block, not only shoveled their side walks and driveways, but they had to shovel the street in order to use their cars . During a walk after the storm it was evident that the neighboring streets had received the an appropriate attention. Hopefully those responsible will be certain Bregman Ave is not overlooked during the next storm.
RH December 29, 2010 at 03:12 PM
If you had to venture into NY city...Brooklyn, Queens, etc., you would realize how great the efforts of our village with the snow removal was. We even had garbage pick-up at 6:30am on Tuesday morning. I do not think the 5 bouroughs will see this until next week! Thanks to our hard working sanitation department!
Henry J. Harden December 29, 2010 at 04:16 PM
The Town of North Hempstead made 3 passes between PM sunday and PM monday on N. 6th St. There is only 1 lane between both ways and if you wish to travel either way one car must go into the snow banks so the other can pass. But it`s much much better than our neighbor New York City and Queens.
Alexandra Zendrian December 29, 2010 at 04:23 PM
Thank you all for your comments.
Bob Wiecezak December 29, 2010 at 11:12 PM
By the time the snow stopped falling Jefferson Street was perfect. The plows came down the street at least four times during the storm.
Alexandra Zendrian December 30, 2010 at 12:12 AM
Thank you for your comment, Bob.
Virginia Wegener December 30, 2010 at 11:53 AM
Greenway's had a water main break and GCPWD shut our water off from around 9 am until around 8 pm last night. Whether this was storm related or not we are not certain. The Water Department did a fine job of working hard to get us back up. Thank you.
Alexandra Zendrian December 30, 2010 at 02:35 PM
I'm glad that they did a good job getting the water back up. Thanks for your comment.
Jefferson Tactics December 30, 2010 at 03:36 PM
New Hyde Park Rd. is pretty crappy. Only one lane available going both ways.
Alexandra Zendrian December 30, 2010 at 03:46 PM
That's good to know. Thanks for your comment, Paul Lee.

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