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Preparation key to Fall River's storm response

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FALL RIVER, Mass. -

Most of Southeastern Massachusetts including Fall River expected to get the brunt of Saturday's storm, and in the City of Fall River, Mayor Will Flanagan took a hands-on approach to keeping his residents safe.

Mayor Flanagan was working overtime Saturday night doing what he could to ensure his city's streets stayed clean, but took a minute to talk to NBC 10 about his active role in the city's cleanup, "I have to lead by example. This is good for me to keep my finger on the pulse of how it is out here. I get to learn first-hand what happens. If I have an opportunity to reduce costs, I can do it. But most importantly, I want to make sure the roadways are safe and everybody's doing what they are supposed to be doing."

The conditions could be even worse in the city if not for the Mayor's preparation, parking bans went into effect at 1 pm and roads were pre-treated before the snow started.

The Mayor says the cumulative snow removal costs for this winter has left the city with a seven hundred thousand dollar deficit, but the state allows municipalities to overspend on snow removal before making it up next fiscal year.

However the Mayor reiterates that you cannot put a pricetag on peoples safety, telling NBC 10 "we expect this storm alone with up to twelve inches of snow to have a pricetag of $100,000. We can't allow that to deter us to get the roadways safe."

And despite budgetary concerns, the mayor says if it snows again, he'll do whatever it takes to keep the roadways safe for his residents.

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