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NH Residents Figure Out Where To Put More Snow

By Karen Anderson, WBZ-TV
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NASHUA, N.H. (CBS) — Driving north into Nashua, New Hampshire, you find a much different storm than south of Boston. There they received about 13 inches of light, fluffy snow over the past few days. The challenge for everyone there: where to put it.

Tony Frankcourt has seen a lot in his 24 years at the Nashua DPW, but never a winter quite like this. “I think this is he most snow we’ve seen back to back to back without a rest period in between.”

He’s one of 120 people working to keep the streets clear in Nashua during these back to back storms, and with so much snow, there are more and more challenges.

Frankcourt explains, “The cars that are parked in the road, people cleaning their cars and they leave them in the road, the snow keeps coming back in the road as you’re plowing it.”

FAMILIES WORK ON SNOW REMOVAL

Joel Kaplan and his family spend the day clearing their driveway, walkway, roof and the area around the fire hydrant in front of their home. Kaplan say’s he’s stunned by, “the amount of snow. I know we have quite a few storms around here, but never as many major storms. One after another. We’re getting pounded.”

He says it’s overwhelming to be a homeowner.

“You’re running out of room to put the snow and every time of you turn around there is one more storm.”

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports.

Kaplan’s wife Jillian says she doesn’t mind the snow, but is concerned about their dog, because the snow in their yard is now almost as high as their fence, and fears the dog could early jump out.

Kaplan’s mother-in-law Karen Duval has a solution, “Have a big giant bonfire, with some margaritas outside.”

As for Kaplan’s children, he says, “They’re loving it. They’re loving it. I wish I would enjoy their enthusiasm.”

SCHOOLS FIGURE OUT WHERE TO PUT SNOW

Roy Sorenson, the Superintendent of Streets in Nashua, says, “The biggest challenge is right now we have so much snow on the ground, we haven’t had any melting, so it’s getting harder and harder to keep the streets open and as wide as they should be. We haven’t had time to remove snow, so on some of the narrower streets it’s really been a challenge for us to keep them open.”

His crews have been dumping the snow in an area the size of a football field, in a pile that’s more than 20 feet high. They’ve now run out of space there and will begin piling in the landfill.

Nashua usually averages 50 to 55 inches of snow, but this year it’s been socked with 73 inches, most falling in the month of January. Last year it tallied 56 inches of snow.

Sorenson says he has spent about 63 percent of his $1.2 million snow budget so far. If he runs out this year, he has a snow trust fund, which has surplus from past years.

WBZ-TV’s Ken MacLeod reports on the snow in central Massachusetts.

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