East Boston had one of the highest snowfall totals during Sunday night’s blizzard that buried the East Coast.
Eastie was one of the hardest areas hit with 18.2 inches of wet, heavy snow just behind Canton and South Boston which both got 19 inches and Lynn were residents dealt with 18.5 inches.
Monday morning, Eastie resident began the daunting task of digging out after the storm. The City of Boston’s snow removal efforts helped as all major roadways like Bennington Street were cleared and salted making the morning commute as smooth as can be considering the nearly two feet of snow that was dumped on the neighborhood.
The city lifted the snow emergency and parking ban was lifted at 6 p.m. Monday night. The snow emergency went into effect on Sunday, December 26.
However, Mayor Thomas Menino still urged everyone to use caution when driving and to make use of public transportation, as parking availability may be limited while snow continues to be removed.
In preparation for the storm, the city had over 500 pieces of snow removal equipment at the ready and nearly 25,000 tons of salt at depots across the city. The City’s emergency homeless shelters were open throughout the day and evening to insure everyone had a place to stay during the storm.
The Mayor also activated the City of Boston Storm Center to provide information and service to Boston residents for all storm-related issues. Residents with storm-related questions or concerns could call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at (617) 635-4500 which had extra staff on hand to field any possible increase in calls due to the storm.
Residents are encouraged to use the City’s “Know Snow” program to be notified when a snow emergency is declared and canceled as well for access to other important storm-related information. To receive notifications for future storms this winter, register for the city’s Alert Boston network at http://www.cityofboston.gov/alertboston.