I just want to add a huge THANK YOU! to the Public Safety Department for their fantastic work on Thursday night with the fire and lost person calls that came in almost simultaneously. Their professionalism and high level of training really showed through as they handled both calls very well - even when challenged by extreme cold and high winds.
|During the fire!|
As you might have seen Facebook or other social media, we were ably assisted on the call by fire personnel from Ashland, Bristol, Campton-Thornton, Hebron, Holderness, Lincoln, New Hampton, Plymouth, Rumney, and Woodstock.
One other little tidbit of information, we used over 145,000 gallons of water during Thursday evening on fire-fighting. This represents about 10% of our water held in the two reservoirs on Snow's Mountain. Our Water Department has an electronic monitoring system that continuously tracks water flowing from the reservoirs and water being pumped out of the well(s). The water system worked just as designed and we were able to recover the water level in the reservoirs by Friday morning.
|After all that water!|
We are very fortunate to have such dedicated professionals and volunteers protecting life and property here in Waterville Valley! Thank you to all who serve!
Department of Public Works
In addition to our Public Safety Department, our Public Works Department is doing outstanding work this winter on Snow plowing and removal. The past storm - Sunday AM/Monday AM dumped about a foot of new powder on the roads, sidewalks and parking lots here in the Valley. Great news for the resort - but it takes manpower to drive the trucks and tractors used to clean off the roads and make sure that we can get around town.
|Another load of salt on-board!|
Our Public Works crews rotate on-call shifts weekly during the winter. The 3-man crew that was on-call this past week logged an average of nearly 80 hours each for the week! This is a very high number, even for us, but it shows that the crews are working extremely hard to make sure that we can get where we are going and get there as safely as possible
Not only did we have this challenging major storm over the past 24 hours, we have also been facing intermittent snowfall for the past several weeks. Again, great for resort activities but it creates challenges for staff working to keep the town moving and active.
Please keep in mind that crews are working in pretty harsh conditions and we all need to make sure that we give them room to work and that we are careful when we approach trucks and tractors that are plowing or removing snow. We appreciate your cooperation to help keep us all safe!