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Malden braces for Hurricane Irene

Posted by Marcia Dick  August 26, 2011 10:29 AM

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Emergency management officials from the police, fire, and public works departments met Thursday to hash out plans to handle the high winds and heavy rain that forecasters predict will lash the state some time this weekend, the mayor said in a phone interview.

Residents are urged to secure doors and windows, remove outdoor furniture, and watch for flooding, said Mayor Richard C. Howard.

Teams from the Public Works department will also roam Malden looking for tree damage and blocked storm drains.

Monday trash pickup in the city has been delayed to Tuesday, Howard said, and residents are urged to not put out bags on Sunday, as they could easily become debris in the wind, he said.

"Flooding we're hoping will be minimal or nonexistent, but that depends on the amount of rainfall," said Howard.

Predictions so far have called for 6 to 10 inches of rain, although the storm's final path will determine it's strength once it reaches land.

Most prone to flooding, Howard said, is the city's east side, where officials will continue to be watchful as the storm arrives.

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