Published in the February 8, 2016 edition.


WAKEFIELD — Public Works crews were kept busy over the weekend cleaning up after Friday’s storm and getting ready for today’s wintry conditions.

DPW Director Richard Stinson said that the town got about 7 inches of heavy, wet snow on Friday that he said was “like glue sticking to the trees and roadways.”

He said that crews were mostly finished with
Friday’s storm by midnight, although a few workers remained into the early morning hours on Saturday. More workers returned at about 10 a.m. on
Saturday, Stinson said, to take advantage of melting from the sun to salt and scrape away any remaining hard pack ice and snow on the roads.

The DPW also cleared the main sidewalks around town over the weekend.

Stinson said that numerous tree limbs were reported down over the weekend. A private contractor was brought in to help DPW crews with the large volume of downed tree limbs until about 10 p.m. Friday night. On Saturday morning, the DPW’s own Tree Department took care of any remaining issues.

Stinson said that the DPW did not experience many equipment breakdowns on Friday, which is often a problem with very heavy, wet snow storms.

Stinson said that 6-10 inches of snow was expected to fall on Wakefield today. Crews were out pretreating the roadways with salt at 3 a.m. this morning, Stinson said, adding that plow crews would hit the streets as soon as needed. He said that the heaviest snow should be over by 6 p.m., but he anticipated having crews doing cleanup until 7 a.m. tomorrow.

At 9 a.m. this morning, the town issued a parking ban from 6 p.m. tonight to 7 a.m. Tuesday. No cars should be parked on any streets during the ban.