William J. Smith, Chief of Police
300 South Franklin St.
Holbrook, MA 02343
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 12, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Email: [email protected]
Holbrook Police Provide Safety Tips in Anticipation of Nor’easter
HOLBROOK — With the third straight week of heavy snow and wind in the forecast, Police Chief William Smith and the Holbrook Police Department would like to remind residents to make preparations for yet another nor’easter.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Norfolk county, noting the potential for blizzard-like conditions and heavy snowfall beginning Monday night and continuing throughout Tuesday.
Holbrook is likely to see between 3 to 7 inches of snow Monday night, with an additional 11 to 17 inches throughout Tuesday. Wind gusts may reach as high as 47 mph. There will be a chance of snow and showers Wednesday morning into the evening.
“Our region is expected to be hit particularly hard by this storm, with up to 2 feet of snow coming our way,” Chief Smith said. “As with the past two nor’easters, we urge residents to stay indoors and off the roads and prepare for potential outages.”
BEFORE THE STORM
- Check the surrounding areas outside of your home and examine trees that have been weakened or uprooted from last weekend’s storm. If there is a tree that you believe is unstable and may fall, please contact a local tree trimming service company immediately.
- Residents should be prepared for more power outages and stock up on batteries for flashlights or battery powered lanterns. If using candles, keep them away from anything flammable and never leave them unattended.
- Keep cell phones charged as much as possible. Consider an external battery for your mobile phone.
- Clear any storm drains of debris from the last storm to avoid flooding.
DURING THE STORM
- Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.
- If power goes out during the storm, contact National Grid at 800-465-1212 to report an outage.
- To report a gas leak, call 911. Residents can also contact Columbia Gas at 800-525-8222 for gas-related issues.
- If you experience flooding in your home contact the Holbrook Police Department at 781-767-1212.
- Follow the Holbrook Police Department on its Facebook page and Twitter account for updates during and after the storm. The police station will be open throughout the storm.
- If you have an emergency, call 911.
AFTER THE STORM
- Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.
- Check your property for any trees that could be in danger of falling near your home or vehicles.
- Clear any debris from storm drains near your home to allow water to drain.
- Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause hazardous conditions if the temperature dips.