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Manchester extends snow emergency; pedestrian injured when hit by plow

By Bill Smith
New Hampshire Union Leader

December 15. 2013 3:08PM

Manchester residents and its police and highway departments weathered the first winter storm of the season without too much difficulty, but will continue to work throughout the night to gets roads in shape for the start of the work week.

The city's snow emergency parking ban will continue in effect from 10 p.m. Sunday night until 6 a.m. Monday morning. It means that parking is prohibited on city streets.

Only one serious traffic accident was reported in the city though mid-afternoon on Sunday. A pedestrian was struck by a plow near Beech Hill Drive and Bradley Street. The pedestrian was taken for hospital treatment, but police say the injuries were not life-threatening.

The storm brought close to 14 inches of snow to parts of the city.

Police Capt. Jon Hopkins said "people seem to have hunkered down" during the wintry weather that began Saturday afternoon and continued until after dawn on Sunday.

Residents apparently obeyed the first day of the snow emergency parking ban. Police said that no cars had to be towed from city streets during the overnight hours from Saturday into Sunday.

City public works worked through Saturday night throughout the day Sunday to clear and widen streets of snow.

"Things are going well," said Public Works Director Kevin Sheppard. "The snow didn't end until early this morning, and most of the streets have been hit and we have trucks cleaning up."

Crews were spending Sunday widening streets by plowing drifts back toward curbside and then spreading salt on the surface in an effort to clear the roads of snow and ice.

Sheppard said salt works best when the temperature reaches 20 degrees, and temperatures in Manchester made it into the low 20s on Sunday afternoon .

Work to clear sidewalks and remove snow from commercial districts will begin once the plowing work has been completed.

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