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Milton prepares for the impending snow storm

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  February 7, 2013 04:28 PM

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Milton Public Works Director Joseph Lynch has had his eye on the coming storm for the past three days. On Thursday, Lynch and his crews were checking on equipment and calling contractors to supplement staff.

“We’re looking at 30 hours of continuous snow-fighting operations, that’s wear and tear,” Lynch said, stating that equipment and staff would be pushed to the limits by the snow event.

To counteract that, Lynch is requiring staff to take scheduled breaks and meal times, he said.

The start of Friday trash pickup has been moved up an hour to 6 a.m. to try to stay ahead of the weather, according to Lynch.

“That helps in a big way. We start an hour early and finish an hour early and get the trucks off of the street before midday,” Lynch said.

Milton Public Schools canceled school for Friday. Lynch added that he was pleased that there would be no school on the weekend, either.

Lynch said residents can expect as much as 24 to 30 inches of snow with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and gusts of 75 miles per hour. Power outages were probable, he said.

Because of snow drifts and continued road maintenance following the storm, Lynch recommended against venturing out after the snowstorm during the weekend.

No on-street parking will be allowed from Thursday evening until Monday morning, according to an announcement on the Milton town website.

The announcement also requests residents not blow, plow, or shovel snow into the streets during the storm.

As for Thursday afternoon, no emergency shelters were scheduled to open, but Lynch said there is a plan in place should that need to change.

For those whose electric service is affected, call NSTAR at 1-800-592-2000. If telephone service is disrupted, contact Verizon at 1-800-VERIZON or online at www.verizon.com/support. With non-life threatening emergencies, call the Milton Police Department at 617-698-3800. Life threatening emergency calls should be made to 911.

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