The snowfall this season in the White Mountains has been both a boon and a curse. Everyone knows the area can use all the moisture it can get. However, living with the realities of unusually high levels of snow isn’t exactly a picnic.
The latest snow was simply too much for most plow contractors to handle in a timely manner. Unfortunately, the contractor for the Village had a problem with one of his vehicles as the storm got more intense. This unforeseen incident made for much consternation. There was nothing that could be done at that point.
As an informational aside, the contractor HOAMCO is using to clear the Village streets of snow has other customers. In fact, the few plow contractors in the area have many customers. They move as quickly as they can to remove snow. This is a balancing act as they can’t remove it all at once and must methodically move through each area all while keeping fuel in the vehicles and making sure they are in good repair.
It is understandable that the snow results in a frustrating experience on many levels. Full-time Village residents have experienced several heavier than normal storms this season. Everyone has learned a lesson or two. Going forward our plow contractor will order cinders to be laid down on Village roads as soon as possible after the snow has been plowed.
Residents should plan carefully when a storm is approaching. Run errands for food, water, fuel, and medical prescriptions before the storm hits. Cancel outings that are not critical. Realize that you will not have the ability to move about freely so plan on staying put for a while. Plan for power outages by storing extra batteries for radios and flashlights. Have emergency numbers available and use them only if necessary.
Below is a repeat of a blog post from January 4. It bears restating so that residents have a realistic expectation of the snow removal process and living in a small town with few resources for dealing with this reality.
With the onset of winter in the White Mountains comes snowfall and the challenges of keeping streets clear and safely passable.
When snow is removed from the road, the snow plow operator has to pile it as far off the shoulder as possible to protect the road surface and make room for traffic and more snow. The amount of snow fall determines how much to the side of the road the snow can be placed. The plowing operation creates a “snow berm.” Widening roads too much causes a massive snow berm that can cause damage to the road and to vehicles. It is impossible to plow and not leave a berm. Please do not shovel the snow back onto the street.
Heavy snowfall disrupts daily living. Dealing with it can be frustrating for everyone. The snowplow crew will do their best to minimize any inconvenience and, if necessary, plowing crews will work around the clock. What you can do to help:
- Do not park your motor vehicles on the roadway.
- For your safety, keep driving to a minimum during a snowstorm unless necessary.
- It is recommended to not shovel snow from your driveway street edge until the street has been completely plowed back to the edge of the road to save you from shoveling the driveway edge twice.
When a snowplow is working in the community it has the right of way. Please use caution. We appreciate your understanding and support.
What to Do About Berms
We are sorry for this inconvenience, but in making as many roads passable as quickly as possible, there is no way to avoid berms. Snowplow operators push the snow off the roadway in smooth, continuous passes and the snow ends up on the road shoulders, blocking driveways. Unfortunately, it is your responsibility to clear berms from your driveway. To avoid double work:
- Be patient. Someone is plowed first, and someone is plowed last. We don’t get to choose. But try to shovel snow from your driveway after a plow has been by.
- Shovel the snow to the right of your driveway as you face the road.
- Don’t shovel or blow snow back into the roadway.
- Shovel berm before it freezes or is packed down.
- Hire someone to do the work for you.