There will be no curbside collection of waste and recycling Tuesday, January 27, 2015 due to the Snow Emergency.
Collection for the rest of the week will be delayed one day.
For assistance or information during the Snow Emergency call 617-376-1927.
No parking on Emergency Arteries during a Snow Emergency. Arteries are marked.
Parking is allowed on the EVEN side of non-Emergency Arteries.
For the most complete guide to policies and procedures including a list of Emergency Arteries please refer to our
SNOW AND ICE MANAGEMENT for Winter Season 2014-15
on the right side bar of the DPW home page at www.quincyma.gov.
With the National Weather Service forecasting a long-duration storm of potentially “historic” magnitude to hit New England from Monday afternoon through early Wednesday, National Grid’s preparations to meet the challenges of possible widespread power interruptions are well underway.
The storm, named “Juno,” could drop as much as 30 inches of snow and bring wind gusts of 60 miles per hour to all of Rhode Island and parts of eastern and central Massachusetts. High tides could also cause coastal flooding. National Grid officials began preparing this weekend, and already have mobilized in-house and contractor crews to help restore power as quickly and safely as possible as needed.
“With sustained periods of heavy snow, gale-force winds and blizzard conditions, this storm has the potential to cause severe damage to the electric system. While we will be ready for whatevetr Juno brings, if the storm turns out to be as severe as the meteorologists are predicting, it could take several days to restore power to all of our customers,” said Dan Bunszell, National Grid’s vice president of New England Operations. “We urge our customers to take this weather forecast very seriously and prepare accordingly so they can stay safe before, during and after the storm.”
According to Bunszell, National Grid has:
- Pre-arranged shifts for approximately 185 internal line crews
- Issued requests for an additional 700 contractor crews from throughout New England and the eastern U.S.
- Requested the services of 380 contractor tree crews
- Made plans to staff six equipment and personnel staging areas strategically located throughout the area expected to be impacted
The company is also hard at work arranging for lodging and meals for the crews, and planning all of the other logistics required to manage the restoration effort efficiently and safely.
National Grid is already working through several channels to inform customers and state and local officials of the impending storm, what’s being done to prepare for it, and what they need to know and do. These include:
- Direct communication with state elected officials, state regulators, emergency management agencies, local and state police and the National Guard
- Scheduled conference calls with municipal officials for Monday morning to brief them on preparedness plans
Safety is National Grid’s number one priority, and the company urges customers to watch out for their own wellbeing and the safety of utility crews working during the storm.
National Grid provides multiple channels for customers to learn about service issues and interruptions during storms. Customers can follow the storm on their mobile devices by using the National Grid mobile app or texting the word STORM to NGRID (64743). The company provides real time outage information on its Outage Central web site at nationalgridus.com/OutageCentral. National Grid also provides storm and restoration updates through Facebook and Twitter.
National Grid advises customers to be prepared for service interruptions. It’s a good idea to have a number of working flashlights, at least one battery-operated radio and an extra supply of batteries in your home. National Grid offers the following tips for customers to minimize inconvenience and maximize safety in the event that storm-related power interruptions do occur.
- National Grid customers in New England who experience outages should call National Grid’s outage line at 1-800-465-1212 immediately to expedite restoration.
- Never touch downed power lines, and always assume that any fallen lines are live electric wires. If you see one, report it immediately to National Grid or your local emergency response organization.
- If you use a generator to supply power during an outage, be sure to operate it outdoors. Before operating generators, disconnect from National Grid’s system by shutting off the main breaker located in the electric service panel. Failure to do this could jeopardize the safety of line crews and the public.
- If you lose power, turn off any appliances that were on when the power went off, but leave one light on so you will know when power is restored
- Power problems can sometimes interrupt public water supply systems or disable well pumps, so it’s an especially good idea to keep a supply of bottled drinking water handy, as well as some canned food.
- People who depend on electric-powered life support equipment, such as a respirator, should let National Grid know. To register as a life support customer, call the company’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-322-3223.
- Check on elderly family members, neighbors and others who may need assistance during an outage period.
The National Weather Service is forecasting the potential for a historic storm beginning Monday evening on Jan. 26 and lasting through Wednesday.
City officials said Snow emergency parking rules will be in place beginning at noon Monday but residents should begin to obey neighborhood parking rules overnight on Sunday. With a storm of this potential magnitude, these parking rules are essential to maintaining road access for emergency vehicles.
Parking is prohibited on designated emergency arteries throughout the duration of the snow emergency.
Residents may park on the EVEN numbered side of non-emergency neighborhood streets. Residents on side-streets posted permanently as one-side parking should park on the side always allowed. Cars parked in violation of emergency rules WILL BE TOWED. For assistance, please call the DPW’s snow operation hotline at 617-376-1927.
The threat of Hurricane-force winds creates the likelihood of downed power line and power loss. Call National Grid 1-800-465-1212 to report a power loss. For downed lines, call 911, but do not approach the wires under any circumstances.
Coastal residents should be prepared for storm surge and moderate to severe flooding. Residents in these areas should take appropriate precautions, monitor the tide, and leave home if necessary prior to high tides. If you are experiencing a flooding issue please call 617-376-1910. ALWAYS CALL 911 IN AN EMERGENCY.
For updates and emergency notices, tune to Quincy Access Television; follow the City of Quincy’s Facebook page or via Twitter @CityofQuincy. Residents are encouraged to sign-up for e-mail and text alerts via CityLink on the City’s website, www.quincyma.gov.
More information will follow as the forecast becomes clearer.
How you can help:
Assist your elderly or disabled neighbors .
Shovel sidewalks in front of your house .
Shovel out fire hydrants .
Keep catch basins clear to help ease flooding .
Move your car off the street if possible (regardless of allowed parking rules).
By TREVOR WENNERS
Junior captain and center Nicole Jorgensen and junior Sarah Gibbons combined for 19 points for the Quincy High School girls basketball team in a 44-28 loss against host Duxbury on Friday.
Catherine Harrison led the way for Duxbury by scoring 14 of her 16 points in the first half. After going down 11-3, the Presidents (9-4) went on a 9-1 run to even the score at 12-12 in the second quarter. The Presidents went into halftime trailing by 10 but came out of halftime on a 6-0 run to trim the Green Dragons lead to 24-20. Duxbury would score the next six points to take a 30-20 lead going into the final quarter.
Freshman point guard Liana Cunningham made her first start for the Presidents and played well on the defensive end while guarding Maddie Foote.