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‘Snow feels like a walk in the park’ compared to Sandy

Posted By Leah Rae On November 7, 2012 @ 8:52 pm In Rye | Comments Disabled

The nor’easter has turned the roads into a slippery, slushy mess this evening and is making for a nightmare of a commute home. Snow started piling up this afternoon on the heaps of fallen trees and branches as utility workers were out trying to restore power to homes cut off by Superstorm Sandy. In Rye, some residents lost power again, shortly after regaining it. The city council postponed its meeting to tomorrow and opened an emergency shelter at Rye Golf Club.

But there was a new sense of perspective on your basic nor’easter.

[1]“Snow feels like a walk in the park, compared to what the hurricane did to so
many,” said Ken Giaquinto, manager of Rye Beach Pharmacy.

The store managed to stay open all last week despite the failure of its main generator and a temporary loss of phone service. The staff made do with flashlights and candles at times, but was able to keep filling prescriptions and making deliveries. A new generator is up and running.

Giaquinto has an interesting vantage point on the storm cleanup. The store is directly across Forest Avenue from Playland, the staging area for utility crews that have come from around North America. A Hydro Quebec crew was working down the street, and convoys of trucks were regularly barreling past.

“It feels like an army of help going out,” Giaquinto said.

(Photo: Oakland Beach in Rye Town Park)

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