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February 11, 2013

Northeast slowly recovering from blizzard

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NEWPORT, R.I. —

Officials also continued to warn of carbon monoxide dangers in the wake of the storm.  

In Boston, two people died Saturday after being overcome by carbon monoxide while sitting in running cars, including a teenager who went into the family car to stay warm while his father shoveled snow. The boy’s name was not made public. In a third incident, two children were hospitalized but expected to recover.  

A fire department spokesman said in each case, the tailpipes of the cars were clogged by snow.  

Authorities also reminded homeowners to clear snow from heating vents to prevent carbon monoxide from seeping back into houses.  

In Maine, the Penobscot County Sheriff’s office said it recovered the body of a 75-year-old man who died after the pickup he was driving struck a tree and plunged into the Penobscot River during the storm. Investigators said Gerald Crommett apparently became disoriented while driving in the blinding snow.  

Christopher Mahood, 23, of Germantown, N.Y., died after his tractor went off his driveway while he was plowing snow Friday night and rolled down a 15-foot embankment.  

In eastern Long Island, hundreds of cars were stuck on roads, including the Long Island Expressway, a 27-mile stretch of which was closed Sunday for snow-removal work. Officials hoped to have most major highways cleared in time for the morning commute Monday.  

In Massachusetts, eight teams were formed to assess damage from flooding along the state’s coastline, with the hardest hit-areas including historic Plymouth and portions of Cape Cod.  

“Considering the severity of the storm, the amount of snow and the wind, we’ve come through this pretty well,” Gov. Deval Patrick told CBS’s Face The Nation after meeting with local officials in Plymouth.  

The U.S. Postal Service said that mail delivery that was suspended in the six New England states, as well as parts of New York and New Jersey, because of the snowstorm would resume Monday, where it is safe to do so.  

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