Outages, Cancelations Linger In Wake Of Snowstorm

By Sarah Birnbaum

Jan. 13, 2010

People are digging out their driveways, homes and bicycles on Thursday -- like this one in Central Square. (Jess Bidgood/WGBH)

BOSTON -- Emergency crews and homeowners around Massachusetts are working to shake-off the aftereffects of a snowstorm that knocked out power to 100,000 residents, kept all flights from going in and out of Logan Airport, pushed down branches and trees and caused thousands of school and workplaces to be closed.

On Thursday morning, hundreds of schools were still closed or delayed, and at least hundreds of customers remained without power.

Gov. Deval Patrick, who declared a state of emergency during the height of the blizzard, asked residents still dealing with no power to remain patient.

"Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to light a fire under the utilities and have them respond to you," Patrick said during a briefing on Wednesday.

He also said drivers should continue to exercise caution on roadways, which may not yet be perfectly clear. "The residue will linger for a while and the ramps will be slippery, but cleanup will continue and just keep an eye out for folks who are doing that work on your behalf," Patrick said.

As dangerous as roads were on Wednesday, no major accidents or injuries have been reported.

The storm left up to 30 inches in Western Massachusetts, around 18 inches on Boston and half-a-foot on Cape Cod.

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