Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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February 14, 2013

Two feet of snow, five days of removal

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Smiling, she said, “the clothes are safe because Chic Consignment has responsive employees.”

Police log records in the days after the storm tell a tale of icy roads, cars stuck in ditches and even an abandoned car on Gould Road, reported two days after the storm.

A town DPW employee was taken to an area hospital Monday morning after his sanding truck collided head-on with a Northside Carting trash truck, according to Cronin.

There was extensive damage to the front end of the truck, which is worth well over $100,000, Cronin said. The town employee driving the truck is being blamed for the crash, according to police.

PREPARING FOR THE STORM

On Friday morning, many people made a point of getting out of the house, expecting to be snowbound for a while once the blizzard began.

Mimi Queen, of Sweet Mimi’s Chocolates, said she had a good number of shoppers early Friday.

“Compared to a typical day [Friday morning] was like 75 percent more busy. But then, by about 1, once it started to snow -- zero customers,” said Queen, who also was closed Saturday. “For a small business that’s very, very big. We needed those days. Christmas, Easter and Valentine’s Day are my three high-volume holidays.”

Walking home from his job at Salvatore’s after the Park Street restaurant closed around 3, Dylan Stewart said the restaurant also had been busy that day.

“Actually, people were coming in to get their last meal before they have to be in their house for a while,” said Stewart.

As the governor’s 4 p.m. travel ban approached on Friday there were fewer and fewer people downtown. Around 3:30 p.m. five people were lined up outside CVS/pharmacy hoping it would reopen briefly so they could get their prescriptions. Luis Delerme and Marco Avalos were busy clearing the sidewalks around TD Bank, and Kevin O’Mara stopped at the Gulf gas station to get gas for his snowblower.

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