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February 10, 2013

Update: Gloucester cancels school Monday; Coastal houses, Bearkskin Neck hard hit

Some 24 hours after the departure of a fierce, historic two-day blizzard, residents across Cape Ann today are digging out from between 20 and 24 inches of snow while officials are assessing pockets of heavy damage in parts of Gloucester and Rockport.

And Gloucester officials confirmed this afternoon that it’s clear there’s much more cleanup to be done.

After consultation with public works, public safety and school officials, including Superintedent Richard Safier, Mayor Carolyn Kirk said today that there will be no school tomorrow for Gloucester’s public schools. The superintendent was set to issue a similar announcement to school families this afternoon.

“While main roads are passable, there are many secondary, remote and deadend roads which may require special equipment such as back hoes for snow operations,” Kirk said in a “Code Red” annoncement. “Special equipment resources are limited and it will take through today and tomorrow to reach some areas.”

The city’s parking ban is being lifted at 8 p.m. tonight, Kirk announced, while Gloucester’s trash pickups for Monday and throughout the week will be carried ut as scheduled.

“However,” she added, “Streets are narrow due to the volume of snow, and we are asking residents to keep roads as clear as possible due to ongoing snow operations. Residents are reminded that it is against the law to place snow in city streets.”

Kirk also remindewd residents that, if their vehicle is parked in a school parking lot, it must be removed by 6 a.m. Monday so thay the lots can be cleared.

“IfF you are in a municipal lot,” Kirk sad, “meters will not be enforced until Tuesday at the earliest.”

DPW will be taking calls from residents regarding street conditiins and issues 4 p.m. today, then will resume doing so tomorrow during normal business hours. The number for DPW is 978-281-9785.

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