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Posted on: September 14, 2023

Storm Warning

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Weather services are reporting the possible effects from Hurricane Lee impacting our area, Friday(9/15) afternoon into the weekend. Potential damaging winds, rain, and isolated flooding are possible. Being prepared and educated on what to do prior to, during and after a storm helps eliminate risk and promotes safety. 

Prior to a storm

Information and safety tips for preparing for a storm:

Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/czm-hurricane-preparedness-kit

 

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency

https://www.mass.gov/info-details/hurricane-safety-tips


During a Storm/Flood
 

  • If possible, stay home. 
  • Put safety first. Do not attempt to drive through standing water. A car can be swept away in 2 feet of water.
  • Do not attempt to drive around road barriers.
  • If there is a risk to life or there’s a medical emergency, call 911.
  • If there is flooding in your basement, there could be the risk of electrical shock. Do not attempt to walk in water where it may be in contact with electrical equipment. If possible, shut off the circuit breaker or call a licensed electrician to shut the power off.
  • Flooding on public property can be reported to Public Works by calling 978-388-8116 during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 7:00am to 3:00pm.) During non-business hours, please call the non-emergency number at 978-388-1212.
  • Public storm drain blockage and non-life-threatening flooding can be reported using SeeClickFix.

 

After a Storm/Flood
 

  • Document damage with photos including the cleanup process. 
  • Remove water and thoroughly clean areas affected. Drying it out quickly will help prevent further damage and make the cleanup process much easier.
  • If possible, use dehumidifiers and HEPA air purifiers to help filter out mold spores and allergens.
  • Make a call or file a claim with your business or homeowners’ insurance company. Do not wait.
  • Check your basement every day for signs of mold. If mold is discovered, it is not advisable to be disturbed or handled.  There are contractors that are trained in cleaning, sanitizing, and deodorizing from this type of damage. If needed, give them a call.


To report wires down, loss of power, or trees on wires.

Call the National Grid Hotline. 1-800-233-5325

 

 

 

 

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