Chief Charles E. Doody
99 Revere St.
Canton, MA 02021
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Canton Fire Department Advises Residents Ahead of Fourth Nor’easter This Month
CANTON — Chief Charles E. Doody would like to advise Canton residents about another nor’easter coming to the region on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Norfolk, Plymouth and Bristol counties, which will be in effect from 8 a.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday. Snowfall is expected to begin after 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Canton could see between 9 to 15 inches of accumulation, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures during the storm are expected to be between 39 and 31 degrees. Wind gusts could reach speeds of up to 38 mph.
Travel is expected to be very difficult at times with significant reductions in visibility. As with the other recent storms, town officials are asking residents to stay off the roads during the storm.
BEFORE THE STORM
- Residents should be prepared for power outages and stock up on batteries for flashlights or battery powered lanterns. If using candles, there should be a 3 foot ring of safety and be sure to keep them away from anything flammable or combustible.
- Keep cell phones, laptops and tablets charged as much as possible. Consider a external battery for your devices.
- Neighbors should talk with one another and set up plans to assist those who may be at risk and/or in need of help.
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 Eversource at 800-592-2000 to report an outage. Residents can also call 211 or go online to mass211.org for more information on available shelters and warming centers in the event of an outage.
- To report a gas leak, call 911. Residents can also contact Columbia Gas at 800-525-8222 for gas-related issues.
- If you have an emergency, call 911. If you experience flooding in your home contact the Canton Fire Department at 781-828-1313.
AFTER THE STORM
- Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.
- Clear snow from any gas vents attached to your home.
- Assist the fire department by shoveling out any hydrants near your home.
- Check your property for any trees that could be in danger of falling near your home or vehicles.
- As the snow begins to melt, 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.