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How Charlestown Fared in Blizzard of '13

A quick look at important numbers and news from the two-day storm.

Charlestown and the rest of Boston saw about 21.8 inches of snow, give or take a few, in the Blizzard of 2013, according to measurements taken at Logan Airport in nearby East Boston.

The snowstorm swept in as predicted around noon on Friday, Feb. 8 and steadily increased through the evening, with strong winds gusting up to 60 miles per hour and snowfall quite heavy at times.

In Boston, as many as 850 NSTAR customers were without power at one point Friday evening. Electricity was restored fairly quickly in the city compared to some of the less fortunate communities in southeastern Massachusetts, particularly along the Cape. By Saturday afternoon around 3:30 p.m., only 41 NSTAR customers in Boston were reporting power outages.

A Massachusetts-wide travel ban was lifted at 4 p.m. Saturday, giving crews time to work on clearing major roadways. But Boston's snow emergency and parking ban remained in effect late into the day.

Charlestown residents should note that once the emergency has been lifted, they will have two hours to remove vehicles from temporarily discounted garages and lots, or otherwise face full prices to park there.

In addition, city regulations require residential and commercial property owners to clear walkways around their buildings, with possible fines for those who don't comply.

Need help cleaning up after the storm? Some Charlestown residents have offered their snow removal services, and there is also a Boston area neighbor-to-neighbor website where you can request assistance.

The city has also set up a website where residents can check to see when tow trucks are expected to arrive on their streets.

All MBTA service was suspended starting Friday at 3:30 p.m. and all day Saturday. Service is expected to be restored by Monday morning. Check out the MBTA weather page for updates.

For more information about the Feb. 8-9 winter storm, including important numbers and links, see Charlestown Patch's storm center.

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Bette Task February 10, 2013 at 11:38 AM
We have two hours to get cars out of the garages and put them where??? Our streets haven't even been plowed yet!!
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 10, 2013 at 12:14 PM
You wanted a car in the city, Betty baby, now live with the consequences.
John R. Murphy February 10, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Has anyone seen a snowplow ? Anyone ? I have tried repeatedly to get someone from the Mayor's Hotline to simply answer the phone. No one's home. Does anyone think that Readville is buried in snow. This is revenge for 2009 !!!
Charlestown joe February 10, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Hey Mr. Mayor, are you going to take care of the elderly on Lyndboro St.? The street has not been plowed since Friday! God forbid an ambulance or fire apparatus has to get down to them! I bet just like John states, your St. Is plowed and is passible, but then again why should you care, you are at the Parker House on our dime. The only time Charlestown hears from you is when you want our vote, other than that we get nothing. Well this is one, that will not be voting in your favor.
Just a person! February 10, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Got to love it! We the residents have 3 hours after the snow ends to clear our sidewalks! Or be fined. Question: how long does the city get to plow the Streets we live on? We have to get our cars out of the discounted parking garages! Question: where are we to put them the ban is still in effect! Hello And you can bet that inspectional services will be out giving out those tickets, got to get the money, right? Mr Mayor I personally have made three phone calls to the hotline to have our St. Plowed there has not been a plow by my house since Fri. And that was just to sand. Go figure, They told me they would put my Street on the list, what list? Tell me that there are plow the street and don't plow the street lists!!!! Hello! Don't they plow ALL City Streets?? Question: what is OUR recourse as residents, who do we get to fine? Maybe we should get a discount on our TAXES! If you do not shovel your walkway it's 50. Dollars a day, well, what do you think a Street not being plowed Is worth? This is defiantly a joke!
Matthew February 10, 2013 at 01:33 PM
This burns me up. Deval and mumbles are tyrants, plain and simple. They don't do their jobs but the public who keeps them in office is expected to jump through hoops for them.
Anne Flink February 10, 2013 at 02:36 PM
High Street, between Salem and Walker has been like the gauntlet - every once in a while a small truck with a plow attached tries to do the job, only to get stuck. They get shoveled and pushed the rest of the way to Walker Street by kindhearted neighbors...a couple of hours go by and the scene repeats itself.
John R. Murphy February 10, 2013 at 02:42 PM
But this is no longer a joke. This is now becoming a serious public safety issue. Part of the problem, is the morons who keep throwing snow onto streets that have yet to see a plow, doubling the problem. The Mayor has a liasion to this community. Where the hell is she ?
Mum22 February 10, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Why would you have two hours? The Snow Emergency and Parking Ban hasn't been lifted. Parking garages have nothing to do with the state-wide driving ban.
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 10, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Havent seeen a Boston City Plow or Sand Truck since Friday in Charlestown, only a few "Mr. Plow" subs with their plows held high, WTF? Many back streets are still unplowed-not even ONE pass-inclusive of those with Elderly-disabled developments on these streets. Where are the BHA hacks, where are the city trucks as the tracking website goes kaput withn minutes of going online?
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 10, 2013 at 03:40 PM
How about a little social activism: send in your pictures of unplowed streets in Charlestown.
Concerned Townie February 10, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Sullivan Street is a mess! There has not been one plow truck seen since the blizzard began. Nobody can move off of the street. Just posted some pictures of what the street looks like as of today. We keep hearing the plows going down Main Street, yet they have not gone up a side street. Salem Street is just as bad.
Sara Doggett February 10, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Please plow. I busted by butt to shovel the sidewalk as a resident...and no, I did NOT put it in the street. Even the bus yard is getting plowed and snow moved with a front loader. What about us??????? Allston St. Resident.
Larry Fine February 10, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Via Universal Hub: City brings in snow-removal equipment from Vermont as focus turns to impassible side streets Our number one priority today is getting to the side streets. Residents have been very patient as we work to recover from the fifth largest snow storm to ever hit the City of Boston. We are doing everything we can to get additional pieces of equipment into residential areas, including coordinating with MEMA to get federal and state resources. As our crews work, I'm urging drivers to continue to stay off the roads. The city says a Vermont convoy of front-end loaders and 10-wheel dump trucks is now working in the city. A local contractor, Mario Susi & Son, Inc., has provided 7 additional pieces of equipment, including backhoes, front end loaders and Bobcats, the city says, adding that MassDOT, Massport and the Boston Convention and Exposition Center have also lent equipment to the city.
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 10, 2013 at 06:15 PM
When Susi works, everybody works!
Seamus O'Sullivan February 10, 2013 at 07:46 PM
This is a god damn abomination. Plows driving by on Bunker Hill street every 2 minutes but not plowing the side streets. If we have to shovel our sidewalks within two hours of a storm, they should have to have EVERY street plowed within the same time frame. This is absolutely unacceptable and someone needs to hang for it.
John R. Murphy February 10, 2013 at 07:56 PM
The fact that the City had to pull in equipment from Vermont tells us that they were unprepared to handle this storm. Does the Mayor think that snow only falls on main streets ? This is a full fledged fiasco.
Billy Ford February 10, 2013 at 08:25 PM
John: Your are correct. The City had more than enough time to great ready for this storm. I think Charlestown is worse that in 2003. At least the city didnt stop plowing and came right back the next day. Walking to store 24 today, it seems that certain street around the monument including side street have been done. Most of us in the low rent areas are struggling to dig out. People are just dumping snow in the streets to make matters worse, I guess they have given up. If you ask me department heads should roll. Thank god we have had no fires!!!
dOUG bAIRD February 10, 2013 at 08:56 PM
Looks to me that the high rent area around the monument got plowed. west of Sullivan St. Still waiting. BTW the guys in PU trucks trying to plow. Ever hear of chains?
Dan February 10, 2013 at 09:33 PM
FYI - The Park service pays a private contractor to have monument Sq plowed out, not the City.
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 10, 2013 at 09:50 PM
@Dan: FYI, then that is something that should be ended at once or is Monument Square suddenly a logistical area of importance during a snow emergency?
Dan February 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM
No, its no more logistical than any other street from public safety standpoint. As the Monument is a national land mark it gets this TLC from the feds. They pay for it, not the city or state. Technically, the street is part of the monuments park lands.
Concerned Citizen February 10, 2013 at 11:29 PM
City Hall and the Mayor get a F- for this mess, we have been calling since early Saturday morning to no avail. Not one snowplow, Bartlett St./ Pearl St./ Sullivan St. nothing, nothing at all, just raised your Re. Taxes though for no service F-.
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM
City dropped the ball on this storm. Many side streets are still impassable. As someone else noted, many of these streets contain elderly-disabled housing units and should have been a priority for snow clearing. Elderly-disabled...you know, the ones who have the highest voter turnout, the ones who elect the clowns?
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 11, 2013 at 12:28 PM
While you wait for your street to be plowed, please enjoy this distracting interlude: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2UHutvqFLp0
Matthew February 11, 2013 at 12:41 PM
The "hotline" was hilarious. Called several times to no avail. I guess whoever was supposed to be manning the phones took an extended smoke break. Also, where are the elected reps for our area? What are they doing to make things better for residents?
TheMaskedTruthsayer February 11, 2013 at 01:02 PM
Thanks to herculean efforts, T is running on or near schedule: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ejzz5QCH-YE

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