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Pittsfield cleans up more than a foot of snow

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The City of Pittsfield cleans up after a winter storm that's left them more than a foot of snow. YNN's Madeleine Rivera is on scene with more.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- This custodian has been out since 8 a.m. on Saturday cleaning the sidewalk along the city library. He's shoveling more than a foot of snow, the biggest snowstorm of the season.
Governor Patrick ordered a statewide travel ban on Friday afternoon. MEMA says the last time a similar executive order went into effect was the blizzard of 1978.

Most of the heavy snow came overnight. And at the Salvation Army shelter in Pittsfield, we spoke with one man who faced some battles during the storm.

"I didn't know what else to do. I was at my wit's end, basically," said Paris Venegays.

Venegays has been living out of his car with his son for the past few months. He was at a grocery store, preparing for the storm, when his son shared him some news.

"He says I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. He's like, I locked the keys out of the car. I'm like man, it's just getting better as we go," he said.

But a few people saw Venegays and helped him. They unlocked the car, one gave Venegays his coat. And the son and father headed to the shelter.

"I don't know what would have happened if that help didn't come through, honestly," he said.

By early Saturday morning, the snow tapered. And by early afternoon, Governor Patrick lifted the travel ban for communities west of I-91. It's a move that could help Pittsfield businesses.

"You have an awful lot of businesses in Pittsfield that rely on the trade on Saturday, so I'm sure they would like to be open," said Pittsfield mayor, Dan Bianchi.

Like the city library, where, despite the snowfall, it's business as usual.

"We just came in early to clean up the building and obviously get it ready to open up at 12," said custodian Steve O'Neill. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP