Emergency Management Group Helps Residents Without Power
Showers available at Hopkinton Middle School Tuesday night.
After a meeting which resulted in the recommendation to postpone trick-or-treating, the Hopkinton Emergency Management Group also had plans in motion to allow residents without power a place to shower.
The emergency showering facilities at the middle school will be available between 6 and 9 p.m. starting Tuesday, Nov. 1. Residents who need to shower are asked to use the entrance by the water tanks and bring their own towels and toiletries.
The meeting also allowed the group to plan for full cleanup efforts to begin on Tuesday. A release from Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director P. Kenneth Clark said the plan is to have the cleanup complete within two to three weeks, weather permitting.
Although acknowledging that some town residents are still without power, members of the Emergency Management Group were unable to give predictions on when they can expect its return.
"It's the town's responsibility to relay information to NStar, but after that we are fully dependant on their response time," Department of Public Works Director John Westerling said.
As for trees that are not in electrical wires, Westerling said the DPW has made a priority list based on the biggest safety concerns.
"The priority goes to trees that are blocking the road and trees that create safety hazards that would prevent emergency vehicles from getting through," he said.
Having dealt with a similar situation two months ago after Hurricane Irene, Westerling said this storm was similar in many ways but had one major difference.
"This storm brought with it a complexity that Irene didn't have because of the snow. There were some trees we could get to before [during Irene] that are now blocked by piles of snow or still partially buried," he said.
All in all the town received between three and six inches of snow, less than was originally forecast but still a significant amount for a storm this early in the season.