Haverhill Schools Remain Closed in Aftermath of Storm

Downed trees near Holland’s Flower Shop, 577 South Main St. (Photograph by Frank Komola.)

All schools in Haverhill and Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High School remain closed Wednesday as fallen trees and power outages present obstacles in the aftermath of Tuesday’s blizzard.

Gov. Charlie Baker said he was happy residents heeded warnings to stay home. Massachusetts State Police reported very light traffic and no serious accidents.

Although inside, some residents found serious storm impacts. More than 2,000 Haverhill households lost power Tuesday afternoon during the peak of the snowstorm. As of late last night, electricity was restored to all but 500 homes. National Grid reported having 600 crews ready to address power outages. New outages may be reported by calling 800-465-1212.

Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini said the addition of rain last night added to snow weight loads, making it difficult to plow city streets. To aid snow removal efforts, the mayor asked resident not to park on city streets. If necessary, however, parking is allowed on the odd side of the street.

He added, the city’s Department of Public Works received more than 20 reports of falling trees. Those who still require assistance from the city’s highway department may call 978-374-2364.

Northern Essex Community College opens at 10 a.m., while Methuen City Hall opens at noon. Trash collection in many communities is delayed one day

The Haverhill City Council Administration and Finance Committee, planned for 7 p.m., has been postponed until Wednesday, March 22. The committee was to discuss problems with the city’s downtown parking plan, including malfunctioning kiosks.

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