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February 11, 2013

On Salisbury Beach, storm wields a surprise blow

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“We’re in good shape,” he said. “Compared to the South Shore we’re in very good shape. They’ve got a lot of problems down there.”

Cook credits the early preparation for the storm, which brought together fire and police departments, the National Guard and ambulance services that all worked together to monitor the beachfront and transport evacuees to the Hilton Senior Center, for things running as smoothly as possible during the blizzard. He gave special thanks to those agencies, and to Ellen and Todd Kopp, who manned the temporary shelter from Friday and Saturday, cooking meals and providing a welcome space for the 45 residents forced to leave their homes under emergency Code Red evacuation orders Saturday.

“They called me Friday morning and offered to help in any way they could,” he said. “They’d never done anything like this before. We gave them all the guidelines for a shelter and they did a wonderful job. I just can’t thank them enough.”

Cook said while his department seeks to inform residents of the dangers of every storm, there are often times when the precautions turn out to be for naught. The Blizzard of 2013, he said, was not one of those storms.

“This storm lived up to its potential,” he said.

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