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Quincy issues flood watch through Saturday morning

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  June 7, 2013 05:35 PM

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Quincy officials have issued a flood watch through Saturday, as crews make preparations to prevent any problems.

According to Chris Walker, spokesman for Mayor Thomas Koch, though the coast is always susceptible to flooding in high rains, the concern is mainly for inland areas that have been prone to flooding in the past.

“This is expected to be a rain event, so it will be those low-lying areas in the city that traditionally have issues,” Walker said, noting neighborhoods in West and North Quincy.

The watch is in effect through Saturday morning, with two to four inches of rain expected to fall within that time frame.

Though that would be far less than the 10 inches of rain that fell in the same time span in March 2010, causing catastrophic widespread flooding, city officials are still at the ready.

Tidal gates have been closed and storm gates have been installed along the coast and marshes. Catch basins have also been cleaned and 70 pumps of different sizes will be made available throughout the storm, officials said.

“This is only a flood watch, not a flood warning. It’s not anticipated that this is of any historic magnitude, but the appropriate precautions are being taken city wide,” Walker said.

The rain event comes in the midst of ongoing flood work in Quincy. For projects that have been completed, flooding shouldn’t be as bad as it has been in the past.

For projects ongoing, neighborhoods may not see a dramatic difference, but improvements are to come, Walker said.

“None of these projects were billed as a silver bullet, but a number of areas have seen substantial improvements,” Walker said.

Residents should check for any updates on the city’s website. For flood-related issues, residents should call 617-376-1910. For all emergencies, always call 911.

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