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How Would You Rate Peabody’s Plowing During the Storm?

Is the city off to a good start in 2014?

Peabody Patch file photo
Peabody Patch file photo

Now that the blizzard is in the books, it’s time for you to rate how the city's plows handled all the snow that fell on Thursday and Friday, it was about two feet, according to unofficial counts.

Feel free to give praise or thanks, express frustrations or offer up constructive criticism in the comments section below.

A few readers have chimed in via Twitter as well. Here's what they had to say:

"Why is my SIDE street down to dry pavement when Lowell St, from Hannaford all the way going downtown NOT PLOWED?" wondered Brenda Bua.

She then added: "We are driving from West Peabody to Liberty Tree Mall and I can't believe how horrific the roads are!"

"My elderly mom who went out 4 groceries this afternoon could not get back up Felton, Baldwin, or Mt. Plsnt. No sand," tweeted Cathy.

"Severely disappointed in the 'snow clearing' done on the main roads in the city. Dangerous and unsafe," wrote Felicia Hayden.

Jamie Harrop January 04, 2014 at 07:14 AM
We live on a dead end street - Emery - and while we know we aren't a high priority for plowing we had one plow come down during the entire storm - at 1230am Friday morning. Our street has a very thick coating left on it and the sander only dropped sand in front of the business that's the first house on the street. After just raising our taxes I think the city could do a better job. With all the snow we had last year - this is the worst plow job we have ever seen.
Bjean January 04, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Horrible!!! Seems to be getting worse each year! And the plows are leaving the dead ends forgotten and arent even coming close to the curb! I love when the snow if three feet off the curb....NOT! Who is in charge of supervising this crew?
shellymac1030 January 04, 2014 at 08:45 AM
I work at one of the local hospitals, so I don't have the option of staying home in bad weather. The plowing for the snowstorms this season so far has been horrendous! They are not out early or nearly often enough and I agree with the previous commenter that they are not even trying to clear the whole street- which is especially important on side streets which are narrow enough to begin with. This is New England, we get snow in the winter. There is no excuse for not including enough $$ in the budget to provide for adequate plowing.
Elena D. January 04, 2014 at 10:39 AM
I have to agree with the previous comments. The plowing here in the city has been absolutely horrendous for the last several years. They either hardly come by at all, or they keep coming by but still do a terrible job. My street is not that wide to start with and they pretty much just come down the middle of the street, leaving snow banks that jut out in to the road and "lengthen" or driveways. Lowell Street is no better. My street is right off Lowell Street and the snow banks just out so far that pulling out us treacherous. Trying to pull out on to Lowell Street is harrowing even when it's bone dry out! Sinething really needs to be gone about the plowing and sanding situation. The plow drivers just seem like they don't care as long as they're getting their inflated rate!
Bjean January 04, 2014 at 10:53 AM
And you arent supposed to shovel snow into the street, okay fine. But if i have to shovel the three feet left hanging from the curb that the plow guy neglected, its going in the middle of the street to be pushed into my dead end. I shouldnt have to shovel something you should have properly plowed!! And i never see any sand or salt where I am. Nice side note.... I am an "esssential federal " employee. So this makes me really mad. I dont complain when my taxes go up, but I just want my street plowed correctly!!!
Patrick January 04, 2014 at 11:39 AM
I live in Bartholomew st my grandmother lives at the corner the major corner on the Lynn st side and the plows no matter how many times we tell them they cut the corner just like the cars and miss one whole side if the street leaving like 10ft of snow from the sidewalk to the middle if the street we have to clear and it makes a bad cirner 10x more dangerous cuz now cars must go on the opposite side of the street...it's the worst thing and most dangerous they need to fix this asap looks like we will have to call them up yet again
Jennifer Day Morgan January 04, 2014 at 12:20 PM
There definitely needs to be more sanding/salting around. At practically every intersection I've seen cars do fishtails around corners.
Jamie Harrop January 04, 2014 at 05:41 PM
What will the Patch do with the feedback they've received here and on Facebook?
Russ January 04, 2014 at 07:01 PM
I saw two city plows mid morning Saturday (about 11:30am) on Central St. in front of the Courthouse blades down pushing air.
Stacey Saunders Kovacek January 04, 2014 at 07:06 PM
Terrible terrible terrible!! So aggravated! I live on the Peabody/Salem line and you can tell where Peabody ends and Salem begins! Kudos Salem....not so much for Peabody
Bruce Atkins January 04, 2014 at 11:46 PM
The city plows do a much better job than the contractors in the pick up trucks. My only complaint is that they really pack it in at the end of people's driveways! I had a 3 1/2 foot solid pack mountain of snow at the end of my driveway from the city plows that almost gave me a heart attack trying to break it down to shovel it.
Saber Walsh January 05, 2014 at 06:49 AM
I think the city plows did a good job, and I saw them digging out a school on Saturday and it looked like they were doing a great job. Side streets are still a mess, even the hills. I have to echo the issues with the contractors, though -- this appears to be a "nudge-nudge, wink-wink" job with the city that's gotten otally out of control. Lack of plowing lights, driving without regard to people trying to shovel and might not see them until its too late, going up and down the street with the plow inches above the snow. Guy at my church was saying he was clearning his driveway, which is on a one way, and a contractor plow came screaming up the wrong way from where he wasn't usually looking for a vehicle to come at him... very dangerous.
Bjean January 05, 2014 at 07:50 AM
@Saber, I never see city plows in my area. Always contractors. They are horrible. But, I have a feeling thecity is under more obligation to get the schools cleaned out so maybe that is why you saw them working so hard. Know what I mean? If that is their #1 priority, they are going to at least get that much done. Just my opinion.
Elena D. January 05, 2014 at 10:08 AM
I never see city plows in my area either. In fact, I don't ever see them on many of the main roads either. I live off Lowell Street fairly close to the high school so you would think the plowing would be better but it was still horrible. I don't even see the city plows on Lowell Street! Going out yesterday afternoon the roads around here were still terrible. Pulling on to Lowell Street from my street was awful due to the huge snowbanks jutting out in to the street. Prospect Street was worse...it barely looked as if it were plowed. And it was very narrow. Pretty much everywhere I went in the city was the same way. I haven't been down to the Square at all. I'm curious as to how that is...
Johnny D January 05, 2014 at 08:36 PM
Unfortunately I must echo the complaints found on this board. Yet WE are expected to clear the sidewalk in front of our house...THAT IS NOT OUR PROPERTY....in a timely fashion. Go figure.
Bjean January 06, 2014 at 08:36 AM
Johnny, here is a good one for you... i have been calling the city for FIVE years about a city owned tree causing a hazard to my house. The secretary told me i could pay to have it cut down OUT OF MY OWN POCKET!!!! A city tree, using MY MONEY. Their property, their responsibilty. Yet, we must also maintain their sidewalks, also in cases of snow!!!
Andrew Denaro January 06, 2014 at 11:51 AM
It's pretty telling when the Police Department has to call the city to get the plows to bother showing up to plow them out.... http://peabody.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/man-reportedly-tries-to-steal-beer-at-aoh-slick-roads-cause-several-accidents It's a joke, the only thing that these plows do well, is going out of their way to push snowpack up your driveway if you don't dive out of their way when they come ripping down the road usually talking on a cell phone.

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