Tiverton's DPW works straight through; trucks disabled


TIVERTON — Crews from Tiverton's Department of Public Works (DPW) worked straight through clearing roads of snow from Friday morning to about 4 p.m. Sunday, said DPW Director Stephen Berlucchi Monday morning.

"It was a dangerous storm," he said. And while snow plowing isn't completely finished, he said, "we've got everything open."

The next big worry is the 1,300 storm drains in town, that need to be kept open in anticipation of the rain set to begin Monday afternoon. Crews are out Monday clearing them, he said.

Clogged snow and ice in storm drain openings can divert water and cause haphazard flooding, he said.

Plowing and sanding operations over the weekend took their toll on town equipment, Mr. Berlucchi said. "Three trucks went down over the weekend with broken drive shafts," he said. "Snapped them right off." The disabled vehicles were all six-wheel sander-plows he said.

Two of those disabled went down right at the beginning, he said, "so we spent the rest of the time over the weekend "catching up, catching up."

His department brought in extra front-end loaders to handle the job, Mr. Berlucchi said. "We went through quite a lot of sand and salt," he said, and "have a little left."

A tree limb fell on a DPW pickup truck Friday afternoon on Nanaquaket Road, smashing the truck, Mr. Berlucchi said. The driver was uninjured.







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