Baker says state responded well to snowstorm

Says travel ban order was right, but doesn't want it to become commonplace

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Tpr Colon with the @TheNationsFirst at the #Charlton Barracks. Standing by to respond to any incidents. (Photo credit: Mass State Police)

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker says that he has no regrets about his administration’s response to Tuesday’s winter storm, which dumped more than two feet of snow on parts of the state.

The governor said that there was a lot of discussion about the statewide travel ban, but due to the conditions, it was the right thing to do. But, the governor added, he didn’t want the travel ban to become a frequent tactic used by state officials. “I don’t want it to be the first lever everybody pulls during a snowstorm,” Baker said. The ban was in effect for only about 12 hours here in western Massachusetts, where lesser amounts of snow fell, but it remained in effect until midnight for the rest of the state.

Such a ban has only been instituted a few times, such as when Gov. Deval Patrick did so during the Blizzard of 2013.

Baker added that state, municipal, and federal officials all worked together very well to respond quickly to the issues that arose during the storm.

The governor said that the task for the state now is getting everything back to normal transportation-wise (delays on the MBTA have been an issue), and figuring out what to do with all the snow. While only 7” of snow fell in Springfield, Worcester saw their all-time record snowfall with 34.5”, while Boston saw just a little more than two feet of snow. Blizzard conditions also knocked out power on all of Nantucket, and a breached sea wall caused coastal flooding in Marshfield.

Baker plans to visit Marshfield and other towns on the South Shore later in the day Wednesday.

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