Blizzard Keeps Crews Busy in Canton
Canton Police, Fire and DPW all out in force during the storm.
Mother Nature pounded the area with about 15 inches of the white stuff and Canton crews kept busy all night responding to the storm.
With 32 Department of Public Works drivers and sanders on, the DPW is still working on cleaning up the town post-blizzard.
"This is the primary reason these guys exist--to fight storms," Daniel Teague, Operations Manager of the Canton DPW said from his site's headquarters on Bolivar Street yesterday. "There's nobody that can do it like they do it."
The Canton Police Department was "busy all night with (disabled motor vehicles) and alarm calls," Canton Police Chief Kenneth Berkowitz said today. " We had a few accidents, five tops, and it seems like most people stayed home and that helped."
The winter weather also kept the Canton Fire Department extra busy. With 20 calls in the last 24 hours, Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody said that is "about double the usual volume." The CFD responded to "a car accident on 95, a smoke in the house call on Mechanic Street, a carbon monoxide emergency at Shaw Farm Road and multiple medical calls, public assist calls and investigations. "
With additional snowfall predicted for today, and winds of 20 to 40 mph, Doody said there is "a possibility that power lines could still be vulnerable during this time."
"The DPW has done a tremendous job keeping Canton's roads passable. Most businesses seem to have heeded the warning of safety officials and either closed for the day or had delayed openings," the fire chief said.
Doody warned homeowners of the dangers that a large snowstorm can bring. The carbon monoxide emergency the CFD responded to was due to a the snow blocking the home's gas vents in a resident's condo. The resident had "ignored the alarm and unplugged her CO detector," he said.
She plugged the detector back in, and the alarm woke the downstairs tenants, according to Chief Doody. "Someone finally called in the alarm and we were able to clear the vents with the assistance of the gas company. This could have been a potentially fatal condition."
Doody stressed the importance of keeping gas vents clear in a storm. "Homeowners who have gas vents three feet or lower need to be diligent about keeping them clear during snow storms."
For more storm safety tips, go to the Massachusetts Emergency Managment website.