Monday, January 26, 2015

Winter Storm Juno Update


Town Manager Michael Dutton has provided the following update:
 
1. At 1 p.m. today the Town declared a state of emergency ahead of the winter Nor’easter.

2. The regional shelter will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning at the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School. The shelter will accept pets. Residents needing transport to the shelter should call the Fire Department at 508-697-0900. Brockton Area Transit vans will be providing transportation to the shelter as conditions permit.

3. Road clearing operations were begun this afternoon with the chemical pretreatment of roads. Plowing will begin as the snow develops later this evening. The Governor and the Town urge all non-emergency vehicles to stay off the roads. The heaviest equipment will be keeping the main arteries open while smaller trucks will be plowing the side streets and developments. Depending upon the conditions, the snow may accumulate far faster than the plows can remove it. Therefore, it is critical that cars stay off the roads while the Town plows. We have stationed heavy equipment strategically throughout Town to ensure emergency calls can be answered as timely as possible. 

4. National Grid is stationing a line crew and a cut and clear crew at the Fire Station for the duration of the storm. All downed trees and wires should be reported to National Grid directly at 800-465-1212. 

5. Bridgewater-Raynham Schools will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. 

6. Town Offices will be closed on Tuesday. A decision concerning Wednesday closure will be made prior to 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday and will be posted on the Town’s website.

7. The Town will post updates on the Town of Bridgewater Facebook page as well as the Town’s web site. The Town does not monitor Facebook. Any emergency concerns should be directed to the Police or Fire Departments. Emergency plowing issues can be reported to the Highway Department at 508-697-0931. Electrical line and tree issues should be directed to National Grid at 800-465-1212. 

8. Inevitably, mail boxes will be damaged during the snow removal process. This is never intentional. In fact, it can cause damage to plows and trucks. 

9. Residents should remove all basketball hoops, hockey nets, or any other obstruction from the streets. Damage to plows caused by these obstructions can debilitate equipment for the duration of the storm.

10. Most importantly, be prepared and stay safe during the storm.

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