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Canton prepares for impending snow storm

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  February 7, 2013 05:25 PM

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The salt shed is full, extra emergency crews are being called in, and an emergency operations center is being prepped, according to Canton town employees.

“Today is get-ready day – we check all equipment, check all plows, and do routine things on all trucks,” said Department of Public Works Director Michael Trotta.

The town’s seven large sanding trucks will be out early Friday morning on the roads, and as the storm intensifies in the afternoon, the town will stage its 35 pieces of equipment to combat the accumulation, Trotta said.

Schools will be closed Friday.

Operation representatives from public works, police, and fire will be in the emergency operations center. It will open at 3 p.m. on Friday at the police station, according to Deputy Fire Chief Scott Johnson. The phone number will be 781-821-5090.

For life threatening emergencies, residents should call 911.

Emergency officials met in Canton at 3 p.m. to plan out operations for the following few days.

Fire Captain Daniel Beal said an additional engine company and an additional ambulance company would be on call.

The town will also set up an emergency shelter with food, water, and cots for sleeping at Canton High School.

“Have charged batteries for your flashlight, have some food supplies that don’t require cooking, have plenty of water, and don’t go out in the middle of this thing,” Beal said.

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