No Travel, Parking Issues During Blizzard, Police Say
Residents 'really stepped up,' Gordon says.
Westborough had very few traffic and parking issues during the Blizzard of '13, thanks to Gov. Patrick's travel ban and the town's parking ban, Police Chief Alan Gordon said today.
The state of emergency Patrick declared effective at 4 p.m. Friday was "huge. That made our job a lot easier, not having to deal with accidents and people getting stuck," Gordon said.
With Westborough banning on-street parking at 6 p.m. Friday, "the DPW was able to get around and plow the roads" without cars blocking a plow, he said.
Gordon said he was unaware of vehicles being ticketed for violating the parking ban.
"I give people a lot of credit. They really stepped up during the storm, which made an impact on what we do," he said.
One accident on Saturday involved a plow that backed into a police cruiser near Julio's Liquors, causing the cruiser minor front end damage, Gordon said.
DPW crews opened most of Westborough's sidewalks Sunday night, he said.
Crews also have removed the snowbanks from downtown, he said.
"That's opened the downtown a little bit," Gordon said.