Chief Scott T. Lachance
100 Union St.,
Attleboro, MA 02703
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 12, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Attleboro Fire Department Advises Residents Ahead of Third Nor’easter
ATTLEBORO — After handling the first two nor’easters that hit the region in recent weeks, Chief Scott T. Lachance is advising Attleboro residents to prepare for yet another winter storm.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook and winter storm warning for Bristol, Plymouth and Norfolk counties, noting the potential for blizzard-like conditions and heavy snowfall beginning Monday night and continuing throughout the day Tuesday.
Attleboro could see between 14 and 20 inches of snow, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures during the storm are expected to be between 33 and 28 degrees. Wind gusts could reach speeds of up to 43 mph.
“We want to ask our residents to please stay off the roads while the storm is going on,” Chief Lachance said. “This will help keep the roads clear for public safety vehicles and will also assist our plow and salt/sand trucks.”
BEFORE THE STORM
- Residents should be prepared for 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, laptops and tablets charged as much as possible. Consider an 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 your power goes out during the storm, contact National Grid at 800-465-1212 to report an outage.
- To report a gas leak, call 911. Residents can also contact Columbia Gas at 800-525-8222 for gas-related issues.
- Follow the Attleboro Fire Department on their Facebook page and Twitter account updates during and after the storm. The police and fire stations will be open throughout the storm. If you have an emergency, call 911.
AFTER THE STORM
- Clear snow from any gas vents attached to your home.
- Assist the fire department by shoveling out any hydrants near your home.
- 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.
- 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.