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January 4, 2014

Region digs out

Storm causes flooding in areas, minor accidents


“Rocks, sand, lobster traps, the whole gamut,” Cresta said.

Police across the area spent the storm ticketing and towing vehicles in violation of snow bans, responding to numerous reports of minor accidents and dealing with the typical hodgepodge of storm-related complaints.

One troublesome area in Salem was the section of Bridge Street near North Street, where 11/2 feet of floodwater made travel difficult. One vehicle was rear-ended by another’s plow there about 12:45 p.m., after the first driver stopped suddenly at the sight of water, according to the police incident log. There was only minor damage, and no injuries were reported.

That section of Bridge Street also caused trouble for another motorist, who reported about a half-hour later that her vehicle began to smoke after she drove through it. The vehicle eventually stalled in front of 20 Highland Ave., where police found it. The woman arranged for a private tow.

Two disputes over snow brought Salem police to Symonds Street and Ocean Avenue in the early afternoon, and Beverly police responded to a dispute about shoveling between neighbors at 34 Story Ave. about 9:15 a.m.

In Peabody, police responded to a report that somebody’s neighbor on Irving Street was snow blowing the driveway at 3:45 a.m. yesterday, according to the log. Police spoke with the people responsible and wrote later: “They are finishing up and leaving the area.”

At least some people seemed to be having fun with the storm, if two reports Peabody police received later in the day were any indication. The first caller complained at 12:56 p.m. that somebody was driving a snowmobile erratically on Donegal Road; the second reported 12 minutes later that somebody was towing a sled from an ATV near 10 Downing Road.

An officer found the snowmobiler and advised him against driving it on the roadway, but police were unable to locate the ATV.

Paul Leighton contributed to this report.

Neil Dempsey can be reached at

Snow totals Boxford 23.8 Topsfield 23.5 Hamilton 18.5 Swampscott 16.1 Salem 15.0 Lynn 15.0 Beverly 14.0 Marblehead 12.5 Peabody 12.0 Gloucester 11.0 Source: National Weather Service

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