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Snowstorm bashes Dutchess

Highway crews praised for extraordinary effort


Mountains of snow have created visibility problems at intersections and parking lots of businesses throughout the county. This scene is at the intersection of the road leading to Meadowbrook Fark Market on Myers Corners Road in the Town of Wappinger. - Photo by Curtis Schmidt

By Ray Fashona
and Kristine Coulter

Dutchess County got clobbered with 2 feet of snow last week, but highway crews worked around the clock to make roads passable.

The snowstorm was so heavy that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent personnel and equipment from the National Guard to the City of Poughkeepsie and City of Beacon to help with the cleanup.

Starting in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 14, snow began to fall and, at its height, was coming down at a rate of 3 to 4 inches an hour, according to meteorologist Tom Wasula of the National Weather Service in Albany.

“This was a very significant storm,” Wasula said. Heavy winds caused blizzard-like conditions, and several freezing days that followed the storm prevented much snow from melting, the meteorologist said.

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Massive Nor’easter slams area!

Williams Lumber in Rhinebeck to rebuild after roof collapse; storm drops 22-plus inches


A section of the roof, approximately 125 feet by 30 feet, collapsed under the weight of shifting snow at the Williams Lumber & Home Center store on Route 9 in Rhinebeck on Wednesday, March 15. No one was injured and rebuilding plans are currently under way. Courtesy photo

by Curtis Schmidt

The owners and staff at Williams Lumber & Home Centers main store on Route 9 in Rhinebeck are thankful there were no injuries in last week’s partial roof collapse and are now focused on rebuilding.

A massive amount of shifting snow resulting from last Tuesday’s Nor’easter caused a section of the roof, approximately 125 feet by 30 feet, to collapse at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15, according to officials from the Rhinebeck Fire Department. Snowfall reports from around Dutchess County averaged 22-plus inches.

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Snowstorm bashes Dutchess

Highway crews praised for extraordinary effort


Main Street in Beacon after the snow removal. - Photo by Kristine Coulter

By Ray Fashona and Kristine Coulter

Dutchess County got clobbered with 2 feet of snow last week, but highway crews worked around the clock to make roads passable.

The snowstorm was so heavy that Gov. Andrew Cuomo sent personnel and equipment from the National Guard to the City of Poughkeepsie and City of Beacon to help with the cleanup.

Starting in the early morning hours of Tuesday, March 14, snow began to fall and, at its height, was coming down at a rate of 3 to 4 inches an hour, according to meteorologist Tom Wasula of the National Weather Service in Albany.

“This was a very significant storm,” Wasula said. Heavy winds caused blizzard-like conditions, and several freezing days that followed the storm prevented much snow from melting, the meteorologist said.

Dutchess County Public Works (DPW) Commissioner Robert Balkind said Wednesday, “highway crews have been on county roadways since the start of the storm at 1 a.m. on Tuesday.” He said county roads were reported in good condition Wednesday, with crews “continuing to work today applying materials for icy conditions as well as pushing back snow banks and opening up visibility at intersections.”

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