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February 11, 2013

As skies clear, cleanup begins throughout region

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“We loved it, it absolutely helped the DPW keep up with the storm,” Kezer said.

Holaday agreed, saying the city towed only two cars during the snow event, a very low number considering the number of registered cars in the city.

“It made a huge difference, people really really stepped up and cooperated,” Holaday said,

Amesbury police Chief Mark Gagnon said the travel ban had the added effect of allowing his department to focus more of its attention on non-car related incidents.

“It kept us free to handle emergency calls,” Gagnon said, adding that police made two arrests during the storm including a domestic emergency on Carriage Hill Road.

The travel ban likely made life easier for Salisbury officials who were forced to contend with flooding issues along Salisbury Beach and the evacuation of between 50 and 80 people from North End Boulevard and Central Avenue areas during Saturday morning’s high tide.

Salisbury police Chief Thomas Fowler said the National Guard was called in to help evacuate people from those areas.

Whitley said the Blizzard of 2013 didn’t exceed the infamous Blizzard of 1978 in terms of duration or snow totals, at least in Greater Newburyport.

The 1978 storm, which is seared into the hearts and minds of generations of New Englanders, dumped 25 inches of snow in Salisbury and lasted longer as the storm front stalled over the state.

“It was probably a little more scary. I can recall the snow was falling horizontal for a long extended period of time,” Whitley said.

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