Chief James T. Januse
37 Orchard St.,
Raynham, MA 02767
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Raynham Fire Department Prepares Residents Ahead of This Week’s Winter Storm
RAYNHAM — On the heels of last week’s powerful storm that knocked down trees and caused widespread power outages, Chief James Januse is advising Raynham residents to prepare for a snowstorm that is expected to hit the region this week.
Raynham is likely to see a mixture of snow and rain throughout the day on Wednesday. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for Bristol County, noting the potential for snowfall with accumulations of about two inches Wednesday morning into early Thursday. The storm watch reports that travel could be very difficult in areas with high precipitation rates and drivers should expect significant reductions in visibility.
“We are asking residents to stay off the roads and indoors, if possible, during the storm,” Chief Januse said. “Some wind gusts could be higher than 30 mph and the safety of all of our residents is our top priority.”
The temperature is expected to be between 39 and 24 degrees on those days. Wind speeds could reach as high as 16 mph, with gusts as high as 34 mph.
BEFORE THE STORM
- Check the surrounding areas outside of your home and examine trees that have been weakened or uprooted from last weekend’s storm. If there is a tree that you believe is unstable and may fall, please contact a local tree trimming service company.
- Residents should be prepared for more power outages and stock up on batteries for flashlights or battery powered lanterns. If using candles, keep them away from anything flammable and never leave them unattended.
- Keep cell phones charged as much as possible.
- Clear any storm drains of debris from the last storm to avoid flooding.
DURING THE STORM
- Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.
- If power goes out during the storm, contact Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) to report an outage by calling 508-824-3111.
- To report a gas leak, contact Columbia Gas at their emergency line at 1-800-525-8222.
- If you have an emergency call 911. If you experience flooding in your home contact the Raynham Fire Department at 508-824-2713.
AFTER THE STORM
- Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.
- Check your property for any trees that could be in danger of falling near your home or vehicles.
- Clear any debris from storm drains near your home to allow water to drain.
- Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause hazardous conditions if the temperature dips.