State Issues State of Emergency in Preparation for Coming Storm

Snow builds up in the Boston Common
Snow builds up in the Boston Common

By Mandy Cordero 01-26-14

Governor Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency for Massachusetts in preparation for the coming blizzard. Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island have all declared emergencies as well.

Boston Mayor Walsh said he is confident that the city is prepared to handle the historic blizzard, but urges residents to take precautions:

“I have been in constant communication with all City departments regarding the blizzard watch that has been issued for the City of Boston beginning Monday evening and continuing through early Wednesday. Our City has been through blizzards before and I am confident we are prepared. Public Works has 700 pieces of equipment ready, over 35,000 tons of salt on hand and snow farms are being readied for anticipated removal operations. Once the storm begins, I ask everyone to be vigilant, stay inside and off the roads or use public transportation when possible, and remember to check on your neighbors, especially the elderly and disabled. Anyone who suspects carbon monoxide poisoning should call 911 immediately. I also ask residents to remove snow, slush and ice from sidewalks, curbs and to keep fire hydrants clear.”

20150126_161331The national weather service says this has the potential to be a historic storm. Harsh winds combined with wet snow can cause tree limbs to fall resulting in power outages throughout the city. Thousands of residents could possibly lose power during the storm. The city is looking to get up to 3 feet of snow while the eastern shoreline could face major coastal flooding.

Things to Know:

1. A travel ban will go into effect at midnight. All non-essential motor vehicles should not be on the streets.

2. Snow parking rules will go into effect at 6 p.m.

3. The MBTA will suspend service on Tuesday.

4. Boston schools will be closed both Tuesday and Wednesday.

5. City employees, non-emergency personnel only, do not have to report in to work both days

6. Logan Airport will be suspending flights beginning Monday evening and will remain closed on Tuesday.

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