The city of Portsmouth has been hauling snow from town and dumping it on Peirce Island, just across from the Naval Shipyard. But now, Public Works Director Peter Rice says the island is filling up.
Everything but the road is covered in mountains of snow on Peirce Island. At the very end of the road, a snow pile towers two or three stories high. If you peer over the hill to the park below – you see the pile doubles in size.
“This is unprecedented. We’ve never seen this before, like this. This has been amazing,” Lister revels.
After working triple and quadruple shifts plowing the roads in Portsmouth, public workers in Portsmouth climb into garbage trucks for regular trash removal.
Public Works Director Peter Rice says storms and snow make even trash pickup a trying endeavor. "People are trying to pass them on these narrow roads while they’re trying to pick up trash,” Rice says. “You know these guysare exhausted, they are stretched thin.”
The Portsmouth Herald’s newspaper delivery crew is also struggling.
The state’s Department of Transportation warned about slippery conditions on roadways from Manchester to Plymouth Sunday as freezing rain hit cold pavement. “Incidents are happening all over the place,” said Bill Boynton with NHDOT.
By afternoon, a pileup on I-93 blocked traffic in both directions near I-89.
Boynton's recommendation? Watch football.
"As soon as you start using salt, the rain dissolves it," he said. That made pre-treatment impossible Sunday morning, as freezing rain moved in across the state.
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