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December 13, 2007
I....I am just agog at the complete lack of planning by the state and cities of Peabody and Salem regarding this storm. Maybe there's something I don't get about snow removal but there was very little sanding and salting done on the roads today.
Kirky picked me up from the Cambridgeside Galleria at 1:45pm ET. WE GOT HOME AT 7:00PM!!! Unbelievable. First mistake, (though based on news reports and calculations it wasn't too far off), was taking Rt. 28 to the Lynnway up to Rt 1 instead of getting on Rt 1 from the get-go. Either way it took about 2.5 hours to get up Rt 1. 128N was running OK and we figured we were home free.
Rt 114 in Peabody was running extremely slow. In fact, it took us about 45min to go 1 mile. We opted to have Kirky park at a gas station after letting me off to run down a steep driveway to pick Will up from daycare and walk back to the car. We made the shrewd choice to stop at McD to grab a bite to eat 0p because it took about an hour and a half to go the next mile home.
None of the roads looked plowed let along sanded or salted. IMNSHO they should have been salting and sanding BEFORE the storm started and kept it up.
I must pile absolutely huge amounts of kudos to Kirky who chose to drive home, deal with my mumbling anxiety from the passenger seat the whole 5 hours and as Will fell asleep the last hour home, she unloaded the car and SHOVELED while I got him up to bed. She is a saint and wonderful woman.
Meanwhile, I want answers from the State and the various cities and towns I drove through on what the hell happened and why the ball was dropped.