As we begin the clean up in the aftermath of Snowstorm Nemo, I want to thank you for your help in keeping your vehicles off the road and for the general cooperation you've displayed during this, one of the 5 or 6 largest storm to hit our city ever.
We have spent an inordinate amount of time and effort to keep our main arteries open and getting to our secondary roads as quickly as we possibly can. As a coastal community, we had to really focus on our coastline with the possibility of implementing an evacuation plan if needed. Thankfully, that was not necessary and our focus can now quickly return to the snow removal process.
Revere, like every other city and town in the region, will continue to dig out, and plow out all areas, all neighborhoods in the city- but it will take some time. It is critical that you be patient. Our DPW crews and contractors, many of which are working on little to no sleep are doing their best but, this is not an easy fix. There is no way around it; it will take some time.
A few quick reminders:
•The Governor's driving ban was lifted on Saturday at 4PM- however, if you do not need to be on the road, please stay home! It will help our snow plow crews do their job more efficiently and effectively.
•We will be lifting our local parking ban at 5PM this evening. Please continue to keep you vehicles off-street if at all possible.
•According to DPW Superintendent Don Goodwin, our goal is to get every street open to at least one lane of traffic using smaller equipment which is more abundant; we will then return with larger equipment as it becomes available to get as close to curb to curb as we possibly can. Please understand, as much as we hate to do so, your driveway may, and quite possibly will get plowed back in. We cannot avoid this. It is all part of the street widening process. I know it is frustrating but we really have no other options. Not a great segue, but if you can assist us in helping clean out fire hydrants and catch basins in your area, it would be GREATLY appreciated! With rain on the way, this will help reduce the chance for flooding in your neighborhood.
•It is illegal to blow or shovel your snow into the streets. It only adds to the time it will take to get streets cleaned up, particularly for emergency vehicles. If you have a snow blower or private plows, it would be greatly appreciated if you could assist your neighbors, particularly those that may be elderly or disabled.
•Please be sure that you, your children, and pets don’t play or walk in the streets; sometimes snowplow operators are blinded by snowdrifts and may not see them.
For further updates please log onto the City website www.revere.org
We will continue our efforts to make sure we do all we can to get our city back up to normal and ask for your continued support in working together as we do so.
Stay warm - and stay safe.