"(The budget) is not a factor in the decisions we make when combating storms," Labovites
That work will continue into this evening," said Matthew J. Labovites, the assistant commissioner for operations for the department of public works and parks.
"For our main lines we want to be able to see black pavement and we are not there yet."
At approximately 2 p.m. on Friday, Labovites
said that the residential streets still had two hours of plowing left.
The light snow and high winds increased the difficulty of clearing roads, he
"We haven't seen drifting like that in a number of years," said Labovites
"This snow is light enough that even though there is not going to be snow tonight if there are high winds, there is going to be drifting."
The temperature reached below zero overnight, which compounded the issue.
Those extreme temperatures limit the effectiveness of salt and other chemicals used to melt the snow, said Labovites
"Even exotic chemicals struggle to be effective when the temperature is that low," he
"We were sanding and salting most of the day yesterday until we pulled the trigger on general plowing at 5:30."
At that point, 380 plows, approximately 325 hired and not city-owned, hit the streets.
Sanding and salting that had been going on since 2 a.m. ceased.
Lack of sleep and long hours are all part of the effort to clear snow in New England, said Labovites
"We have now been at this for 36 hours and counting.
That is a long, very drawn-out event and it is tough on people and equipment," he
said that the budget is not a factor when a storm hits the city.
"It's not a factor in the decisions we make when combating storms," he