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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

MAYOR WALSH GIVES UPDATE ON CITY OF BOSTON STORM OPERATIONS

MAYOR WALSH GIVES UPDATE ON CITY OF BOSTON STORM OPERATIONS

BOSTON - JANUARY 27, 2015 - As of 6 p.m. Monday, the Boston Emergency Operations Center (EOC) was activated to monitor the impact of the Blizzard on Boston and coordinate the City's response operations. A blizzard warning remains in effect until January 28 at 1:00 a.m., and officials continue to monitor for coastal flooding. Boston Public Schools remain closed today, Tuesday, January 27, and will be closed on Wednesday, January 28.

“We saw no major incidents overnight,” said Mayor Walsh. “Thank you to all the residents who are staying off the roads to keep them clear for snow equipment and emergency vehicles. Please continue to adhere to driving restrictions, and keep an eye on your neighbors.”

Public Works has 715 pieces of equipment dedicated for snow and ice removal deployed, and crews are focused on keeping major arterials and secondary roads passable. As the storm decreases in strength crews will focus on widening streets to the curb and plowing alleys and dead ends.

Information on the storm will continue to be updated on boston.gov/snow.



City of Boston Snow Operations, Overnight Update
  • As of 4:30am, snow totals ranged from 8.5 inches in the Boston Common to 11 inches in West Roxbury.  Drifts averaged about 12 inches.
  • As of 4:30am, NStar reported no outages in Boston.  The largest outage overnight was 155 customers in Jamaica Plain. Power was restored for 104 customers, with the rem remaining put on a generator.
  • As of 3:30am, the City had issued 363 tags and towed 131 vehicles for non-compliance with the snow emergency parking ban
  • Parks responded to one tree call and has 7 plows out salting and plowing.
  • From midnight to 3:30am EMS responded to 35 calls. Staffing for Tuesday day shift is 29 Ambulances.
  • As of 3:30am, Boston Fire responded to two building fires, one in the West End and one in Roxbury. Staffing levels increased to 4 additional engine companies and 2 ladder companies. In addition, 8 vehicles staffed with personnel for downed wire calls in order to free up engines.
  • On Monday, January 26 the Mayor’s Hotline received 3,250 calls. As of 4:30am on Tuesday, January 27, the Mayor’s Hotline had received 47 calls.  A majority of the calls were regarding towing.  
  • The boston.gov/snow website saw four times the normal web traffic on Monday, and twitter engagements were up 400%.
  • The Boston Water and Sewer Commission reported a collapsed catch basin at 1405 Commonwealth Ave., a fire hydrant hit at 12 Marlin Rd in Roxbury, and a frozen hydrant at 136 Rosseter St in Dorchester.
  • Morrissey Blvd was closed due to flooding until 6:30am.
The EOC includes representatives of the Boston Centers For Youth and Families, Boston Emergency Medical Services, the Boston Fire Department, the Boston Parks Department, the Boston Police Department, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Boston Transportation Department, NSTAR, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Public Works Department.

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