Page 22 - Salem Magazine Spring 2016
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  A Street Department crew works together to remove snow from downtown streets.
Doing it for the People
February storms brought out the best in Salem.
W By Mike StevenS
 hile the just completed winter won’t go down as one of the worst on record, it did manage to land a couple of punches that kept Salem’s Public Works crews hopping.
Most notably, was a mid-February storm that began as all snow late on Valentine’s Day and ended some 36 hours later as ice. It downed trees, knocked out power to more than 2,000 residents and forced the closure of all city governmental offices and schools.
“We started getting outage calls around 2:30 a.m. that Tuesday morning and as the trucks started to roll out we could tell a significant portion of the damage was to individual customer services,” says A.K. Briele, Salem Electric Department Director. “The men and women in the field and those in the building, including some from other departments in the city, really deserve our sincere appreciation as we were able to get power restored to all of the larger areas by nightfall and everyone back on the grid by noon the next day.”
Much of the debris that was collected in the storm’s aftermath was comprised of pine trees, but any of the hardwood that was gathered was delivered to the Project W.A.R.M. wood lot on
Line Technician Tarain Thomasson from the Electric Department readies to repair a power line after the ice storm that cut power to more than 2,000 households.
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