Snow-buried communities seek help from residents

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Associated Press

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 9:35 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 12 at 6:00 PM

BOSTON (AP) — With southern New England still digging out from the weekend snow storm, officials are asking people to pick up a shovel and lend a hand.

In Boston, a "snow angel" campaign is using social media to encourage neighbors and friends to be an angel and help dig out the stranded.

Hundreds of volunteers carried shovels to downtown Waterbury, Conn., after the mayor promised to pay minimum wage to anyone who helped clear the City Hall area and the schools Tuesday.

In Rhode Island, dozens of volunteers responded to Serve Rhode Island's call for help clearing snow.

The snowfall Friday and Saturday buried the Northeast in 1 to 3 feet of snow, and left more than 650,000 utility customers in eight states in the dark. About 25,000 remain without power.

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