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Belmont prepares for Hurricane Irene

Posted by Derek McLean  August 26, 2011 12:50 PM

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As Hurricane Irene headed toward the East Coast, Belmont officials made preparations and provided information and resources for residents on the town's website.

Town Administrator Thomas Younger said the town held a preparedness meeting Thursday afternoon, where top officials laid out their plans to prepare for the hurricane.

“We have, I think, one of the best emergency management departments around,” said Younger. “We put this together with our department heads, so all of our department heads know their roles. We have prepared for the worst, but we hope for the best.”

The town's website has been updated with a highlight on the front page to various links for the hurricane.

The town has set up additional crews from both the Public Works and Municipal Light departments in case there is tree damage during the storm.

The Municipal Light Department will schedule additional crews over the weekend, to fix any fallen wires.

The Public Safety (617-993-2500) and Public Works (617-993-2680) dispatchers have scheduled additional crews during the hurricane, to help provide speedy assistance. For emergencies, residents should call 911.

Younger said that town vehicles and chainsaws are ready and available for use, if needed.

“I live in Belmont so I am available for any approvals, signatures or approval for any Connect CTY statements,” said Younger.

Connect CTY is the townwide emergency management phone system, which can send out messages or information to all residents who are on the system. Residents can sign up to the system here.

Younger said, “Public safety is our priority, so we will be looking to make sure the roads and trees are all secure before any pumping of basements.”

According to Younger, school officials said that all of the district's facilities, including the nearly completed Wellington Elementary School, will be secure.

The town also has sandbags, if needed, to head off flooding.

Derek McLean can be reached at dbmclean1@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter: @belmontupdate.

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