Tim Hanson’s public works crew went home to get some sleep around 4:30 Monday afternoon after nearly 14 hours of plowing more than a foot of snow that fell on Dixfield.

Hanson’s crew wasn’t the only one out with the plows, sand and salt during the first major snowstorm of the winter season. And his crew was to be back on the job at 2 a.m. today to try to finish up the rest of the snow that was expected to fall.

Rumford public works Director Andy Russell said his entire 14-man crew was out at 4 a.m. clearing the roads. The town’s first parking ban of the season was issued Monday.

Rumford changed its way of banning overnight parking on town roads last year from eliminating such parking from November through April to banning overnight parking only when necessary.

Anyone violating the ban will likely have his or her vehicle towed at their expense. Another ban is expected tonight.

In Dixfield, Hanson said several vehicles were left around town streets, with most of them at the municipal parking lot at the rear of the town office. The road crew can’t plow when the vehicles are there, he said, and if violations continue, the owners will have their vehicles towed.

Dixfield maintains a November through April overnight parking ban.

Despite the early winter storm, virtually no accidents were reported in the area by late Monday afternoon.

Mexico police Chief Jim Theriault said apparently people are driving carefully since no accidents were reported by late Monday afternoon.

The same appeared true in Rumford. A dispatcher said the police department received a call about a tractor-trailer truck that couldn’t make it up Franklin Street, but by time an officer arrived, the truck had made it.

The Municipal Building and district court closed early, and several banks shortened their hours as well.


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