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Cohasset cancels school on Monday amid power outages, water ban

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 10, 2013 01:55 PM

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Cohasset has closed all public schools and town offices on Monday after a massive blizzard pummeled the South Shore community Friday night.

Town officials believe power will not be restored to an estimated 4,000 people for at least four days. As those efforts get underway, town officials announced on their website that school would be closed on Monday.

School may also be closed on Tuesday, a determination that will be made at 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

Phone lines at Cohasset Town Hall were busy Sunday afternoon, and the Cohasset Police chief was not immediately available for comment.

However according to the Cohasset Police Department’s Facebook page, the Deer Hill warming center will remain open until power is restored and town operations can continue as normal.

Residents are encouraged to stop by to charge electronic devices and get warm. Emergency food and water is also available to those who need it.

In the comments on the town Facebook page, residents said the measures weren't enough.

"Somebody better get up on Doane Street and remove wires so we can leave the street to get to the warming station. This is unacceptable," said Heather Brennock in the comments.

The work is occuring slowly but surely. National Grid has also assigned two representatives to the town for streamlined communication as the utility works to restore power. According to officials, a main transmission line was taken out by Nemo, causing extensive outages.

“We are being told that power will be out for about four days,” Cohasset officials said on the Facebook page.

The Massachussetts Emergency Management Association Assessment Team was also in town Sunday morning to assess any damage caused by Nemo.

Cohasset has also established a water ban, encouraging residents to use water sparingly.

“The water ban remains in effect. Cohasset water is safe to drink and there is an adequate supply of it. We are asking that you simply use it sparingly,” officials said on the Facebook page.

The town has been working to repair the generator at the water department to lift the water ban.

Elsewhere in town, officials are working on cleanup efforts. A tractor-trailer pulled down wires on Route 3A Sunday afternoon, and plowing efforts are still underway.

For more updates, check the Police Department's Facebook page.

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