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Worcester Residents Sick of the Snow



    Worcester residents sick of the snow

    Worcester, Mass. has already spent $3.1m of its $3.5m snow clean up budget (Published Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014)

    (NECN: Julie Loncich, Worcester, Mass.) - Massachusetts has been hit hard with snow this February, and the storm set to hit this weekend isn't making anyone happy.

    "I really do hope it's the last one," said Robert Moylan, Commissioner of Worcester's Department of Public Works.

    Residents feel the same way.

    "Where are we going to put it? Nobody knows," said Worcester resident Angela Hargrove.

    "Not good, not good at all. I don't mind the snow, but it's too much right now. It needs to stop," said Michael Hargrove of Belmont Liquors.

    Worcester, like almost every other city and town in Massachusetts, is now bracing for its third winter storm weekend in a row.

    But despite the overtime it costs the city to bring in staff for weekend storms, DPW Commissioner Moylan says he prefers it that way.

    "We would much rather have a storm on the weekend. There are infinite more reasons why it's better for us. And I would argue that it's less costly in an urban area," said Moylan.

    So far, 33.9 inches of snow has fallen this February in Worcester. Compare that with half an inch last year, and an average February snowfall of about 12 inches to date and you can understand why the city has spent $3.1 million of its $3.5 million budget.

    Although another foot of snow here may keep most cooped up inside, it's not all bad news.

    "I don't mind staying in the house. I love being around my family," said Jim Piette.