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Watertown Digs Out After Blizzard of 2013

The heavy snow stopped early on Saturday, but there was plenty of work digging out from under the piles of snow.

[Updated Sunday, 2:20 p.m.] Stores and restaurants that have opened have plenty of business today.

The Watertown and Arsenal Malls are both open. A quick survey of town found that Deluxe Town Diner, Miller's Ale House, Uncommon Grounds are open and Strip T's opens at 3 p.m.

Still no word on whether schools will be open Monday.

[Updated Sunday, 9:35 a.m.] Stores and restaurants are reopening after the storm, but getting there may be a challenge. The MBTA said it would be reopening Monday, but the system won't be running Sunday.

The Arsenal Mall opens today at 11 a.m., according to the mall website. Strip T's announced on Twitter that it will be open from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Uncommon Grounds is open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The parking ban due to the Snow Emergency continues. 

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[Original post] By dawn on Saturday, the Blizzard of 2013 was on its way out but the storm left much work behind for Watertown residents who had to dig out from snow drifts up to their car's bumpers or higher.

Nearly half the town lost power Friday night and early Saturday morning, but by morning electricity was not people's main concern because NStar restored virtually all power. Residents spent much of Saturday digging out after the storm.

At least two feet of snow fell on Watertown in the storm, with the National Weather Service reporting measurements of 26 inches in Cambridge, 27 in Belmont and 25 in Waltham. Snow drifts and snow plowed up on sidewalks left piles 3 feet deep or more. 

(Check out the time-lapse photography video of the blizzard created by reader Vatche Arabian by clicking here.)

A few stores opened Saturday, including CVS and Dunkin' Donuts in Watertown Square. Municipal parking lots have been plowed, but the cars parked there remained under a thick layer of snow Saturday afternoon.

Watertown's snow emergency remains in effect until further notice, including the on-street parking ban. 

Drivers can hit the streets again, but it is not clear when those using public transportation will be able to hop a bus or train. MBTA service was not restored Saturday, and on Sunday morning the T announced that service will not be restored until Monday's commute.

Check out photos from the Blizzard of 2013, and share your own here. See what happened during the storm in Patch's Storm Center.

Joan Merritt Kraus February 10, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Our street is a private way that for as long as we have lived here-1996 ( Oliver Road the town has plowed our street....however yesterday at 4pm the superintendent of DPW refused to plow us out...residents are shoveling ...we have people with young babies...folks with heart conditions...I have called the Town councilors...and some listened to my story ( see my posts) however Councilor Tony Palomba actually is here now helping us shovel out!!! This has not been an easy storm for anyone...though but to be told at the 11th hour that our street will not be plowed is unacceptable.... http://ow.ly/hzMCK watertown.patch.com
K Wood February 10, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Yes, we definitely will need some sidewalks cleared, particularly near bus stops, as well as a break in the snowbanks to GET on the buses. In the past, people have been almost run over by falling into the street as they attempted to scale those banks -- or fallen under the bus. Not everyone in town drives...
bostonrob February 10, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I think it is a disgrace that the sidewalks by Galen Street in Watertown Square are not cleared. People are walking in the streets, where are these sidewalk plows?
Steven Cavaretta February 10, 2013 at 11:49 PM
That's a real good question. The DPW bought bought new plows and they used them to throw a ton of salt on the sidewalks when we just had a dusting of snow. Now we have a couple of feet and the DPW is nowhere to be seen. THE SIDEWALKS ON THE MAIN STREETS HAVEN"T BEEN TOUCHED! Now I know why Jerry Mee doesn't give Town Council Members his cell phone number. If he did he might actually have to do his job.
Norman Fournier February 11, 2013 at 05:43 AM
I agree that the side walks need to be cleaned put you know you ask what the city is doing about it . You know the people with home on the streets need to clean the side walks in front of there home it is the law that the person on the first floor is the one to clean the side walk if the home owner does not live there . There are a lot of old people in Watertown and if you look at the side walks that are clean off it is the old people that did it not the younger ones so yes the city should clean the side walks but don't bitch until you cleaned yours
danielle February 11, 2013 at 07:42 AM
I would like to know whose job it is to clean the sidewalks at the end, where they stop for the road and for people to cross. Because if we all clean in front of our houses, people still end up in the road. On Saturday I was amazed at how many cars were out prior to the ban being lifted. And how the police would stop certain people to make sure no snow got in the street. Now I'm hoping there won't be any flooding with the melting and rain.
M C Stringfellow February 11, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Is there such a law? Steven is right, Get your a## up and go help a neighbor.
Charlie Breitrose (Editor) February 11, 2013 at 01:32 PM
Danielle, I also saw a lot of cars out at least an hour before the driving ban was lifted. As for shoveling laws - as far as I know there are none for residential properties. The state makes people liable for accidents that may happen on an unshoveled sidewalk, but the police cannot ticket you. Watertown has a bylaw requiring businesses to shovel their walks. There was a discussion by the Town Council last year about requiring residents to shovel too, but that was rejected. http://patch.com/A-qybv
Gary M February 11, 2013 at 07:46 PM
Kudos to the DPW for making the town drivable before the transportation ban was lifted. I thought they did an excellent job considering the severity of the storm!
Steven Cavaretta February 11, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Why make the roads drivable BEFORE people could drive? It would make a hell of a lot more sense to clear the sidewalks and bus stops first so that people could at least get food and medicine when they couldn't drive. Guess the good old boys at the WDPW with their brand new town provided yellow trucks never walk or take the bus so they don't care about the residents who do.

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