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February 9, 2013

Hello Nemo

Skiers rejoice, cancellationsabound in North Country

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There were still many on the roads who probably didn’t need to be out in the storm, and that type of traffic results in accidents because the roads are slick,” Plattsburgh City Police Chief Desmond Racicot said late Friday afternoon. “When there’s poor road conditions, the number of accidents increase.”

A woman who was in a two-car accident on Durkee Street in the city just before 2 p.m. complained of back pain and was taken to CVPH Medical Center, City Police said. Her name was not available Friday evening.

Drivers need to take the time to clear snow from their vehicles before driving, Racicot said.

“People don’t clean their cars off well, so their view can be obstructed. Or when a car is completely covered with snow, it kind of blends into the background of all the snow.

“It’s really important to clean your car off in its entirety.”

Town of Dannemora Highway Superintendent Mark Siskavich said Friday afternoon that snow and slush made roads quite slippery. 

The towns of Willsboro, Lewis and Westport in Essex County reported no problems handling the storm.

“It’s been going well, knock on wood,” said Lewis Highway Superintendent Eldred Hutchins on Friday afternoon. “There have been no breakdowns. 

“If people would just drive slowly, there won’t be any problems.”

CHASING SNOW

In the Town of Ellenburg in Clinton County, the roads were not as bad as Highway Superintendent Bradley Wright thought they would be. 

“I’m sure we’ll be chasing snow for four or five days,” he said. “I try to do my best, and so do my men.”

Ellenburg was getting an inch of snow an hour at about 4 p.m., he said.

A major challenge for snow-removal crews, Wright said, is to keep the equipment working. When equipment breaks, his workers fall behind, so they affect repairs as swiftly as possible. 

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