For Tiverton, storm less than predicted, officials report

Tiverton's new plow like this one will arrive in March, but 17 plows are out Wednesday for January's storm. Tiverton's new plow like this one will arrive in March, but 17 plows are out Wednesday for January's storm.

Tiverton's new plow like this one will arrive in March, but 17 plows are out Wednesday for January's storm.

Tiverton’s new plow like this one will arrive in March, but 17 plows are out Wednesday for January’s storm.

TIVERTON — From all reports, Tiverton has made it through the snow storm of January 21 intact, with no major issues being reported.

“Not bad, not as much snow as predicted,” said Department of Public Works (DPW) Director Stephen Berlucchi Wednesday morning.

DPW crews were out “all day yesterday and all night,” Mr. Berlucchi said. “The guys are tired,” he said.

The town had hired 19 pick-up trucks with plows (three of which broke  down), Mr. Berlucchi said. In addition, DPW has eight town trucks (six plow/sanders, a10-wheeler, and a ton-and-a-half truck, all with plows) out on the roads.

“We’ve had no major break downs, and we have plenty of sand and salt,” Mr. Berlucchi said.

“The snow was pretty light,” he said, estimating that about four to six inches of the stuff fell in the Tiverton area.

Mr. Berlucchi said he thought things could be pretty much cleared up by the end of the day Wednesday.

Tiverton Fire Chief Robert Lloyd said that, “all in all, things have been relatively calm.” A lot of home medical calls came in, and after the snow started falling, a number of accidents were reported, he said, but nothing serious developed. All vehicles got chained up, he said.

Tiverton Police Captain Patrick Jones said there were seven accidents reported between 4 p.m. Tuesday and midnight, none of them with very real injuries or with serious damage.

“Route 24 is not bad,” he said Wednesday morning shortly after 9, “but the secondary roads still need work, especially at the intersections.”

“If you don’t need to go anywhere, don’t,” he said. “Stay at home and give the crews a chance to clear the roads.”

Captain Jones said there had been no arrests reported since the storm began Tuesday.

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