MATTAPOISETT — Superintendent Michael S. Nelson reports that all schools of the Old Rochester Regional School District and MA Superintendency Union #55 are closed today.
All six district schools in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester are closed Thursday, Sept. 2 due to the effects of severe weather overnight.
There are numerus downed trees, flooded roadways and adverse travel conditions throughout the three towns, as well as road closures, which include a portion of Route 6 in Mattapoisett.
“We urge all of our school community members to stay safe today and follow the directions of emergency officials as the Tri-Towns work to clean up the damage caused overnight,” Superintendent Nelson said. “With the scheduled day off tomorrow and a Monday holiday, we look forward to seeing students again Tuesday.”
The district has a scheduled day off on Friday, Sept. 3. Schools will be back in session on Tuesday, Sept. 7 following the Labor Day holiday.
Community members are reminded to stay cautious after a storm passes through the area. Heavy rain and strong winds can cause a multitude of problems such as power outages, fallen debris and flooding that often blocks roads. Never drive through large puddles or on flooded roads, which could threaten your safety. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
“Even as rain begins to subside today, residents are urged to remain cautious throughout the day as crews will be working to clear roads and debris,” Marion Police Chief Richard Nighelli said. “Should you have to leave your home, please be careful of debris and downed power lines, and abide by the instructions of emergency officials should you arrive upon closed roads.”
“A section of Route 6, from Old Marion Road to Brookside Drive is closed in both directions Thursday morning due to flooding. An alternative route, Pine Island Road, is also closed in both directions due to flooding,” Mattapoisett Police Capt. Jason King said. “We encourage drivers to avoid Route 6 as this closure limits any traffic traveling east or west. We also wish to remind everyone of the dangers of crossing a flooded roadway.”
Always call 9-1-1 to report emergencies, including downed power lines and gas leaks.