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Cleanup continues after 3rd nor'easter in 2 weeks

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Voluntown saw 2 feet of snow during Winter Storm Ferris. (WFSB) Voluntown saw 2 feet of snow during Winter Storm Ferris. (WFSB)
Voluntown, CT (WFSB) -

The cleanup from Winter Storm Ferris continued on Wednesday, the day after the state saw its third nor'easter in less than two weeks.

The storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow in some spots, particularly in eastern Connecticut.

Some school systems posted delays and closures. See the list here.

The Channel 3 Early Warning Weather Tracker spent the morning on both highways and local roads in Windham and New London counties. Both looked clear in many cities and towns.

Paul Richard has been the facilities manager at Voluntown Elementary School for decades.

"I think it's going to take me all day," Richard said.

He was hard at work on Wednesday morning with a snowblower to clear the school's walkways and fire exits.

"It's too much snow for our tractor to push, so it's a snow blower so it's a much slower process," Richard said.

That piece of machinery has helped Richard through many storms.

"This old machine I'm using now which was actually first my big expenditure I made when I started 31 years ago, it's still working well!" he said.

Voluntown was one of a few districts that had to close for the day.

"It would have been a real struggle to get it cleared in time, even with a delayed opening," Richard said.

Parts of the town received about 2 feet of snow, so its firehouse is open as a warming shelter.

Roughly 3,000 customers were without power in all at the height of the storm. Fewer than 1,000 remained in the dark on Wednesday morning.

Eversource crews were out on Starkweather Road in the Moosup section of Plainfield.

"Our power flickered a few times [Tuesday] night, but thank God it stayed on," said Melissa Bauer of Plainfield.

Others weren't so lucky.

"I have a 1,500 foot driveway, so it took about four, five trees plus all the ones that were leaning onto the driveway," said Brian Beauregard of Plainfield. 'I could not drive all the way down. I had to stop, walk, get my saw and come back."

Beauregard said it took him about 2 and a half hours to cut trees out of his driveway and then plow.

"We're driving home, we get back on our road and my wife looks at me and said, did we just lose power? And sure enough as we were driving home from the gym [Wednesday] morning, we lost power," he said.

Eversource said it has been working through the night and into Wednesday morning to restore power and clear off tree lines.

"I thought the crews did some really, really good work keeping the roads clear for everyone [Tuesday," Beauregard said.

Many people told Channel 3 that they were prepared for the storm.

"I stock up only because I lived here all my life and I make sure I have batteries," said Nina Jalkanen, who lost power in Voluntown.

Stay with Channel 3 for continuing coverage of Winter Storm Ferris cleanup efforts.

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