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South County plows through the storm

January 14, 2011

Photo By MATT WUNSCH South Kingstown’s Highway Department spent Wednesday clearing roads like Whitford Street, above. The town employs 22 drivers during the winter season.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – As the Tuesday night’s snowstorm dumped a foot of snow on South Kingstown, it forced schools and businesses to close, making it a lot easier for those who have to get rid of the snow to do their job.
“At this point, crews came in about midnight and worked right through,” Jon Schock, the town’s Public Services Director said Wednesday morning. “Many roads are passable. There are very few cars on the roads, which helps with plowing.”

As of Wednesday morning, Schock reported no major problems in dealing with the snowfall. With the help of 22 drivers who plow the streets with their trucks, Schock said the town will continue plowing the snow until the snowfall ends.

With a high temperature of 31 degrees and wind gusts up to 35 mph, the snow started at midnight Wednesday, quickly accumulating 2 to 3 inches every hour according to the National Weather Service. By early evening on Tuesday, South Kingstown schools were closed Wednesday. All town offices closed as well.

For more information pick up a copy of The Narragansett Times.

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