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Quincy makes final preparations for Sandy

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 28, 2012 03:35 PM

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With Sandy beating up the New Jersey and New York coasts, Quincy officials are stepping into high gear to prepare for whatever storm damage comes their way.

While no plans had been made to cancel school as of mid-afternoon Sunday, catch basins around the city have been cleaned, and outfalls at seawalls have been cleared to make way for any coastal flooding.

Tide gates at Edgewater Drive and Post Island Road will also be operated manually to ensure they are in the proper position if the power goes out.

Beach gates have also been installed and sandbags brought to areas in anticipation of any coastal flooding.

According to Ward One Councilor Margaret Laforest, whose ward in Houghs Neck is known to be a trouble spot for storms, the city has done all it can.

“We’re prepared. I would say that we’re every department from the police and fire emergency management, to public works are working together and are ready for reaction,” she said.

Although officials aren’t sure how big the impact will be, already there is some good news.

According to Laforest, tides last week were at an astronomical high of 12 feet. Come Monday’s high tide at noon, the tide should only be at 10.5 feet.

The high tides are what officials will have their eye on for coastal flooding. Tides will be high at noon Monday, at midnight Monday evening, and at 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

“In the fall high were always very high tides. Sometimes at a really high tide that water will come into the streets at Hough’s neck…so that’s without the storm surge, sometimes we’ll see that. With the storm surge, we don’t know what that will build to,” Laforest said.

As for the wind, DPW crews were ready to deal with fallen limbs and power outages in what way they can.

Elsewhere, people are pulling boats out of the water and batting down the hatches.

“It’s starting to blow. It’s really breezy up here. I’ve had a lot of neighbors puling boats today…but its all getting done. Everybody is braced for the storm and we’re lucky it's not a full blown hurricane. It would be different if we were looking at a direct hit…but still a lot of concern,” Laforest said.

In case of downed streets or flooding, residents should always call 911 for emergencies. Non emergency flooding or downed trees should be reported the Department of Public Works Storm Hotline at 617-376-1910. Residents should monitor www.quincyma.gov for continual updated information.

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