By Ian Beauchesne
Feb. 9, 2015
Joesph Bourque Jr., recalls the Blizzard of ‘78 and having to trudge through piles of snow for days after in order to get anywhere.
The resident of Ipswich, Ma., said the recent snowstorms in Boston were bad but the Blizzard of ’78 was worse.
“At the time I didn’t have a car so if I had to go anywhere I had to walk through mountains of snow, some over seven feet high, that covered the sidewalks.”
Despite all the buildup to the recent storms in and around Boston, and with more on the way, Bourque says he doesn’t believe that any storm as of late can truly compare to the Blizzard of ‘78.
The recent storm, named Juno dropped three feet of snow on the city, the entire state of Massachusetts and large parts of New England.
But Theresa Beauchesne remembers the Blizzard of 1978 which brought 30.4 inches of snow to the greater New England area was by far more powerful.
“The whole state and much of New England was shut down for days, there were power outages.”
The storm also caused 4,500 injuries along with 100 fatalities.
The two-day storm brought $520 million worth of damage.
“That storm just brought problems for everyone no matter what you could do to try and prepare ahead of time for it, Mother Nature eventually got the best of everyone.”
Boston is also on track to receive more snow from multiple storms over the five days. They are just six inches away from setting a new record for total snow fall in any 40 day period since records have been kept starting in the late 1940s.