Scituate: Officials update Blizzard 2013 recovery efforts

Officials in Scituate presented the board of selectmen with an update Tuesday night on how the town is faring after the huge blizzard.

While Scituate Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi didn’t release any cost estimates of the storm clean up, she did mention some initial figures.

“We do know that Glades Road alone is over $100,000 worth of damage. We do know that we spent over $100,000 in private contractors right now just to clear debris. That doesn’t count DPW or fire, police or other response. I’m really not withholding any information, but I really don’t want to speculate about figures until we’re on sure footing,” Vinchesi said.

And Scituate DPW Director Al Bangert said that while the roads are clear, it’ll take quite a while before the town can remove all the trees and debris from the sides of the roads.

“We’re already getting calls from people saying, ‘Gee, the tree service was in and thank you for coming in and cutting down that tree and getting my wires hooked back up again , but you left all this stuff on the side of the street’. Well, that is how it is for right now. What we are doing now after this last storm is that we’ll go back and begin to remove the trees that are along the sides of the street that we cut down. So if people can have some patience that would be really good”.

Selectmen reminded residents that the town will only remove debris from town property.

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John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.