By John Anderson

Airman Evan Morrell from Greenfield, Staff Sergeant Shaun St.Clair from Hatfield and Auburn Firefighter Jim Conway pause after clearing a hydrant on South St. ©John R. Anderson

Airman Evan Morrell from Greenfield, Staff Sergeant Shaun St.Clair from Hatfield and Auburn Firefighter Jim Conway pause after clearing a hydrant on South St. ©John R. Anderson

 

The snowstorm that started on January 26th and ended on January 28th of this year was of epic proportions, and Auburn was one of three communities to record 36 inches of the white stuff. At a pace that only a government bureaucrat can fathom, Governor Charlie Baker announced that Massachusetts is expecting to receive $120 million in federal disaster aid to defray some of the costs incurred by the Commonwealth and its communities.

While snow removal was a major expense across the state, coastal areas also experienced severe flooding as seawalls were compromised. Baker tried to get relief for the string of storms that crippled the Commonwealth for over a month, but the Federal government would only pay for individual events like the storm in January. None of the ensuing storms rose to this magnitude.

Town Manager Julie Jacobson told Auburn Mass Daily, “Yes, we submitted for reimbursement. We will be getting approximately $90,900 which represents 75% of our eligible reimbursement costs.” This should help with this year’s snow removal expenses that, thus far, have been held at $0.00.

Likely, it won’t remain at $0 for very long.

Near whiteout conditions in Auburn Tuesday, Jan. 27, near the height of the blizzard. Photo Jeff LaBonte

Near whiteout conditions in Auburn Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 near the height of the blizzard. Photo Jeff LaBonte