Massachusetts residents stock up for first widespread snowstorm

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Residents in parts of Massachusetts are bracing for a storm that could dump more than half a foot of snow in some cities. Cities are also asking residents to be patient as they face a shortage of available plow drivers for Friday’s storm. Charles Street Supply in Boston was busy Thursday as customers purchased shovels and sleds before the first widespread snowfall of the season in Massachusetts. “I have toddlers who are very excited,” said client Kristi Mahoney. “We will get some wood to light fires tonight.” “I waited,” said Jack Gurnon, owner of Charles Street Supply. ” I love the snow. Gurnon could barely contain his excitement as he spoke of the forecast, which means a big deal for his hardware store in the heart of Beacon Hill. “There is a huge supply shortage, but since there has been no snow, our warehouse is pretty well stocked,” he said. There’s also plenty of salt on hand at Eastern Salt in Chelsea, who will adjust their schedules to ensure that all the municipalities they serve in Massachusetts and New Hampshire get what they need to deal with their roads. . ship arrives today at noon, ”said Cornelius Martin, regional manager of Eastern Salt. “We finished one yesterday, so we have more than enough supply to handle all of our customers. to find new drivers. “People just aren’t interested in doing it,” said Michael Dutton, director of the City of Bridgewater. “Coupled with COVID-19, we have a bunch of people on COVID, so we have a good number of drivers. a similar message: COVID-19 is eliminating crews, the driver shortage is real, and patience is key. “We need a tremendous amount of patience right now,” Dutton said.

Residents in parts of Massachusetts are bracing for a storm that could dump more than half a foot of snow in some cities.

Cities are also asking residents to be patient as they face a shortage of available plow drivers for Friday’s storm.

Charles Street Supply in Boston was busy Thursday as customers purchased shovels and sleds before the first widespread snowfall of the season in Massachusetts.

“I have toddlers who are very excited,” said client Kristi Mahoney. “We will get some wood to light fires tonight.”

“I waited,” said Jack Gurnon, owner of Charles Street Supply. “I love the snow.”

Gurnon could barely contain his excitement as he spoke of the forecast, which means a big deal for his hardware store in the heart of Beacon Hill.

“There is a huge supply shortage, but since there has been no snow, our warehouse is fairly well stocked,” he said.

There’s also plenty of salt on hand at Eastern Salt in Chelsea, who will adjust their schedules to ensure that all the municipalities they serve in Massachusetts and New Hampshire get what they need to deal with their roads. .

“We have a ship arriving today at noon,” said Cornelius Martin, regional manager for Eastern Salt. “We finished one yesterday, so we have more than enough supply to handle all of our customers. “

Bridgewater is one of many communities in Massachusetts facing a shortage of snowplow operators amid the surge in COVID-19 cases, combined with the global struggle to find new drivers.

“People just aren’t interested in doing it,” said Michael Dutton, City Manager of Bridgewater. “Coupled with COVID-19, we have a group of people on COVID, so we’ve lost quite a few drivers. “

The city is not alone, Massachusetts’ public works departments are taking to social media with a similar message: COVID-19 is eliminating crews, the driver shortage is real, and patience is key.

“We need a tremendous amount of patience right now,” Dutton said.

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