For Immediate Release
October 28, 2011
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Mayor's Press Office
Mayor Menino is reminding residents to be mindful this weekend as the region’s first winter weather event approaches. The current forecast predicts a combination of high winds and heavy, wet snow Saturday evening that could result in slippery conditions and down trees and power lines. For those celebrating Halloween festivities this weekend, Mayor Menino also reminds everyone to use caution when traveling and to dress for the weather.
“Mother nature has chosen trick over treat this Halloween and winter is coming early,” Mayor Menino said. “The City is preparing for potentially high winds and heavy, wet snow and we are urging residents to do the same.
Mayor Menino reminds residents of the following:
- Secure any outdoor holiday decorations or patio furniture that may become projectiles in high winds
- Please clear catch basins near your home of leaves and debris to protect against flooding
- Property owners are reminded to salt and sand sidewalks and stairs to prevent slippery surfaces
- Use public transportation when possible and avoid driving vehicles on wet, icy roads.
- Use caution when walking near buildings that may have falling snow or ice
The Public Works Departments has equipment and personnel on standby to treat and clear roads and the Parks Department has crews stands ready to clear any fallen trees or debris resulting from high winds. The Boston Water and Sewer Commission has been out clearing leaves and debris from catch basins in areas prone to flooding and has added additional crews to respond to other areas that are in need of clearing.
Residents with weather-related questions or concerns should call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at (617) 635-4500.
Residents are encouraged to use the City’s “Know Snow” program for access to other important storm-related information. To receive notifications, register for the city’s Alert Boston network at http://www.cityofboston.gov/alertboston. If you would like to receive updates on the storm on Twitter you can follow us: @NotifyBoston.