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Hull officials still waiting for Sandy impacts after noon high tide

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 29, 2012 09:33 AM

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Hull officials are bracing for the midnight high tide after seeing minimal impacts from Sandy as the storm slowly starts to ratchet up along the coast.

According to Fire Chief Robert Hollingshead, there have been limited impacts from the storm as of Monday afternoon – some splash over had occured in Stony Beach and Gunrock, and there were no power outages.

There is some traffic in town, however the biggest impacts are yet to come, he said.

"Our concern right now is on the westerly side, the bay side. The bay is very high. Given the easterly flow of the wind, we’re concerned about the bay not emptying out. That will be a concern," he said.

Despite the concern, Hollingshead said the town was prepared as best it could be, with both police and fire departments supplementing their staffing, and the fire department having opened up their satellite Village Station location.

“The electricity is still holding, everything is in a go condition,” Hollingshead said. “We just finished our emergency management meeting and discused everyone’s role and made sure everything is in place for emergency back up and shelter conditions. We’re ready to go.”

Although Hull has a “warming station” for residents who are displaced, officials are urging any members of public who feel they cannot stay in their homes to seek permanent shelter at the regional location at Weymouth High school.

Hull’s light department also has extra crews on hand to help in the case of any power outages, however as the transition lines come from Hingham, some outages may be beyond Hull’s control, Hollingshead said.

As much as Hull is prepped, Hollingshead said the town won’t truly know their preparedness until after the storm.

“[We’re prepared] as best as we can be given the resources we have available. You can never be ready because you don’t know what the outcome is going to be,” he said. “We’ll do our best to get things back in order after the storm.”

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