Quincy officials this morning have shifted their focus from the tide to the streets, as coastal flooding looks to be less of a problem than the steadily falling snow.
School was canceled Friday due to the snow, which was heavy during the morning commute.
“It’s been snowing, that was the major change in the forecast overnight,” said mayoral spokesman Christopher Walker. “It just started snowing and it hasn’t stopped. We’re prepared with a full compliment of cruisers out as of last night, with the only difference is they will be out the rest of the day, as opposed to the morning cleanup from 2 a.m. till 4 a.m.”
The timing made for snarled traffic, Walker said. Though streets are not clogged by flooding, which occurred Thursday morning, the confluence of plows and people on the streets has made both travel and cleanup difficult.
Coupled with a heavy snowfall the city didn’t quite expect, there’s a headache on the horizon for city officials.
“The timing and heaviest snowfall right now is obviously terrible,” Walker said. “People have been trying to get to work, which slows down the plows and just about everything. The past two storms have been overnight or weekends, so we will have to fight through this morning and get it cleaned up throughout the day.”
Despite heavy snowfall, power outages haven’t been too much of an issue, Walker said.
According to a National Grid power outage map, there are no outages in Quincy. Walker said the only report the Emergency Operations Center, open since 4 a.m., had received was that a wire was down.
Walker said that though there hadn’t been much coastal flooding either Thursday evening or Friday morning, the city was still keeping an eye on the water after the high tide at 7:54 a.m.
Though cautious, residents near the ocean were equally optimistic.
“Things are good. A little bit of splash over but not anything, haven’t gotten any home flooding calls or impassable roads. …winds died down and shifted more north, so we’re making it through this one in good shape,” said Ward Councilor Margaret Laforest, who lives in the Hough's Neck neighborhood.
Thursday morning’s high tide ended up being worse than Friday morning’s, she said, agreeing with Walker that the most difficult aspect of the storm is currently the snow.
“I hear it’s tough [driving],” she said. “People are waking up to their day and this is when the snow is falling hardest…the guys are working around the clock, you just got to give them time to clear the roads.”
Walker said clean-up efforts would mainly focus on snow removal throughout the day.