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Dedham declares snow emergency

Posted by dinouye  February 7, 2013 05:19 PM

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Dedham will declare a snow emergency beginning at noon Friday and institute parking restrictions between noon Friday and 8 a.m. Monday, according to Town Administrator William Keegan.

Parking will be allowed on the even-numbered side of the streets, Keegan said.

School will be closed on an early release schedule, with the high school out at 11:10, the middle school out at 11:35, and the elementary schools at noon.

Dedham sometimes prepares a shelter at the Dedham Middle School. Preparations are being made, but the shelter may or may not open, depending on the level of power outages that occur, Keegan said.

“I urge people to stay off of the streets and stay in their homes during the course of the storm,” Keegan said. “In addition to that, if you live near an elderly resident who needs assistance, please offer it to them.”

Keegan said the town had compiled a list of people who are available to shovel snow after the storm and could help residents in need.

While plowing and emergency crews will be responding to emergencies in the storm, the current plan is not to open Dedham’s emergency operations center until 5 p.m. on Saturday, after the snow is expected to have passed.

“Unlike the hurricane, in this case we have a limited ability to get out and respond except in a life-threatening emergency,” Keegan said.

For emergencies, call 911. To report a power outage, call NSTAR at 1-800-592-2000. For other calls to town, call 781-751-9300.

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