The crews have been notified, the sand is stockpiled and the gear is getting readied. Canton is suited up to handle the foot of snow (or more) that forecasters are predicting to get dumped over the area during Wednesday's Nor'Easter.
Canton's Department of Public Works has already called in its plow drivers and contractors. The crews will arrive at work at 12:00 a.m. and the contractors will start their day at 2:00 a.m., according to DPW Superintendent Michael Trotta.
The DPW will have 32 to 35 pieces of town equipment on the roads of Canton, plowing, sanding and salting, Trotta said. Add another 27 contracted plow drivers to the mix, and there will be a large number of snow fighters working to keep the roads of Canton passable.
"These guys will probably be working, plowing, I'd say for most of 24 hours" straight, he said. "When it stops snowing, they've still got hours of (work) to do after."
One of those guys, Kevin Brophy, a town building and maintenance technician said he was prepared to stay awake and work through the storm.
"You have to have an awareness and be careful with what you're doing," Brophy, the married father of three, said. "You can't rush it. We're going to be out there a while. Take it slow."
The crews are out cleaning up the snow, trying to make the streets wider and more passable, and clearing the snow out, he noted.
"With a storm like this, with a lot of snow coming down so quickly, the focus is just to keep the road open and to make sure you can get an emergency vehicle and a police car down at all times," Trotta said.
Canton Police Chief Kenneth Berkowitz said if necessary, the police department will have the officers who work the night shift stay on to work the morning shift.
Down the road, the Canton Fire Department is winterizing their equipment to be sure they can drive around town to emergency calls during the storm.
"When the depth of the snow reaches six-plus inches, we install heavy duty chains on the tires" of the fire trucks, Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody said. "The chains allow the tires to penetrate the snow layers and grip the road. Additionally, we’ll carry sand, shovels, and extra chain in case we need to dig ourselves out or pull one of our vehicles out of the snow."
Doody said extra firefighters will be working Wednesday morning and also are prepped for the Nor'Easter. "The firefighters carry additional warm clothing and water."
"When the temperature reaches 10 degrees, we drain the pumps so the water does not freeze inside the engine," the chief said. "After the storm, we’ll have crews begin to dig out hydrants that are buried."
Residents can help out the town by shoveling hydrants near their homes and staying off the roads during the snow storm.