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Few outages or emergencies in Canton during blizzard so far

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  February 9, 2013 08:02 AM

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By Dave Eisenstadter, Town Correspondent

While Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody estimates two feet of snow on the ground, so far the town has gotten off light in terms of effects.

Only 22 of Canton’s roughly 10,000 NStar customers are experiencing outages, according to NStar’s online outage map.

“The volume of calls was lower than we anticipated,” Doody said at 7:45 a.m. Saturday. “A lot of people heeded the governor’s warning to stay off the roads.”

The Fire Department has received various calls about wires and tree limbs down, slips and falls with the elderly, and carbon monoxide investigations.

There have been four calls about carbon monoxide, according to Doody, who added that carbon monoxide was the most frequent issue they had been dealing with.

The department has been able to get to everywhere it needed to be.

“The [Department of Public Works] crews in Canton have done a great job keeping a lan open on every road at least,” Doody said. Fire Department vehicles also have chains for the tires in case they are needed, he said.

Doody said he has seen a bit more traffic since the morning broke, but continued to urge residents to stay off the road, even after the snow abates, to give crews time to clear the roads.

The National Weather Service reports it is 21 degrees in Canton as of 8 a.m. The high today will be near 24 with wind chill values as low as -2. It will be bluster with a northwest wind of 23 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 33 miles per hour.

Snow will continue mainly through 1 p.m., with a total of four to eight more inches possible, according to the Weather Service.

Around the state, about 400,000 people were without power as of Saturday morning. Go to the boston.com homepage and our liveblog for more coverage.


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