Wednesday, January 12, 2011
The department is responding to extra calls, downed power lines all over town.
The heavy snow is causing quite the commotion in Canton today. Downed power lines and tree branches are the main issues the Canton Fire Department has been responding to throughout the day. "Things are crazy right now," Canton Fire Chief Charles Doody said today. The department, which has extra staff on today, has outfitted the engines and trucks with heavy duty chains in order to pass through thte snowy streets. Since 5:30 a.m., the department has responded to several reports of downed wires, a gas leak and even a trapped cat that was then freed by Canton firefighters. There were calls for downed wires on Dan Road, Sherman Avenue, Meadows Avenue, Mechanic Street, Shepherd's Way, Diana Drive and Pleasant Circle. The CFD also responded to a…
A look at the storm from the Canton area today.
Canton Patch has compiled photos from the New Year's first storm. Check out the scenes from around town. Thanks to all the readers that contributed to our photo story! If you have snow photos to share, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The snow is falling steadily and the Canton area may be in for more.
It is snow going in Canton today. With whipping winds and heavy snow accumulation, the town is under a winter storm warning through midnight. Canton will see daytime accumulation totals of eight to 12 inches, accord to the National Weather Service. Today's a windy one, with blowing snow and wind gusts up to 38mph. A reminder that Canton Public Schools are closed today, all sporting events have been cancelled and the Town Hall is also closed due to the storm. The Canton Senior Center is closed today and most scheduled events throughout the town have been postponed. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has 4,000 pieces of equipment out plowing, sanding and clearing the roads, and Canton's DPW is also out in full force. However, …
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
DPW, Police and Fire are all gearing up for the next big winter storm.
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 …
Forecasters predicting a foot of snow from the latest storm tonight into Wednesday.
Ready for more shoveling? After the state just dethawed from the Blizzard of 2010, forecasters are predicting up to a foot of snow to be dumped on the Canton area in the latest storm to hit the Bay State. The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Norfolk County from midnight tonight through 7:00 p.m. Wednesday. The snow should start after 2:00 a.m. with winds up to 16 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Taunton. Accumulation is predicted to be between two to four inches in the early morning hours. Later on Wednesday, the storm will pick up, with wind gusts up to 41 mph and heavy snow at times. The snow could total 10 to 14 inches in Canton, according to the National Weather Service. Make sure you …
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Selectmen discussed snow budget at Tuesday night's meeting.
Those 25 inches of white stuff have cost Canton. The town's $184,700 snow budget was spent after cleaning up one snow storm and one blizzard. Towns throughout the Commonwealth typically go over their allotted snow budget, according to Town Administrator William Friel. Snow cleanup is one of two budget items that towns can approve, and then allot more money for if a town needs to, since snow removal is a public safety issue, he noted. Canton has $184,700 budgeted for the year for snow removal, which includes labor, equipment and supplies. To date, the town has spent $151,000 on equipment and labor and has ordered an additional $94,000 worth of salt and sand, Friel said at Tuesday's Board of Selectmen meeting. "We are (about) $61,000 in …
Thursday, December 30, 2010
A snowy sunset at the farm in Canton.
Brookwood Farm on Blue Hill River Road in Canton was a snowy scene at sunset this afternoon. Today's sunny temperatures helped to melt away more of the snow the Blizzard of 2010 dumped on the area. Tomorrow, temperatures are expected to hit a high of 46 degrees, according to the National Weather Service, making for a fairly warm New Year's Eve day. No need to worry about NYE plans. Friday night is expected to be snow-free. Friday night's temperatures will be 34 degrees with partly cloudy skies, according to the National Weather Service. Enjoy your New Year's Eve festivities!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Clear blue skies and sunshine helped melt away the snow today in Canton.
After digging out the driveways and clearing the roads of the 19-inches of powder, the sun came out today to help melt away the snow from the Blizzard of 2010. The 31 degree temperatures and bright sunshine were perfect for walking and skiing at the Blue Hills. The parking lot was packed this afternoon--the first not-stuck-in-the-house day of Winter Break. Route 138 and Washington Street were clear of snow, thanks to the work of the Department of Public Work's 32-man crew Sunday and Monday. Looks like Canton can handle its snow!
Each year 11,500 people are hospitalized due to shovel-related injuries. Read on to discover what the risks are, and how to shovel without ruining your back.
As we face the New Year, we've already braced for our first major winter storm earlier this week. As the snow started to fall on Sunday morning, I did what many of us New Englanders do before busting out the shovel--research. I performed a complete literature review of the most current recommendations on proper shoveling techniques and how to avoid snow-related injuries. For those of you who have yet to develop your own shoveling safety techniques, please feel free to read on. For those of you who have been shoveling for decades, read on as well. The information I've dug up seems to provide a window into the slushy territory of proper shoveling safety. Let me begin by describing the latest statistics on shoveling related injury. Have …
Monday, December 27, 2010
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 …