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Blizzard of 2015

The storm left more than 30 inches of snow in parts of Worcester and Middlesex counties and dropped 24.6 inches in Boston, making it the sixth-biggest snowstorm in the city since 1935.


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      By Wednesday morning, most people in Nantucket – which went completely dark during the blizzard – had their power back on, according to the police chief.


      “We got about 60 to 70 percent of the power restored, and they’re still working on it,” said Chief William Pittman, who said he expected to have nearly complete restoration by the end of the day. “Some houses where the connection was lost at the house — we have to search all those out — many are unoccupied. It’s possible that maybe 5 percent of the houses will be a few days away.


      The police department scrambled Tuesday to check on residents and transport people to shelters and hospitals on the island, a summer haven for the wealthy with a small population of year-round residents. The overnight hours were quiet, said Pittman.


      Police have begun getting calls from people who live in remote areas with small, unplowed roads, who are running out of fuel for their generators.


      Flooding damage was minimal from the storm, Pittman said, though a handful of homes had water rise above the foundation and into their living areas.


      The island is working with the Coast Guard to do a flyover damage assessment to check for people in remote areas who might need help.


      Pittman said he had lived on the island for 10 years, and it was worst storm he has seen, though others on the island have told him that summer storms have brought worse damage because they smash boats, sending debris flying through the air.


      --Evan Allen

      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 4:05:00 PM
      More storm updates from Cape Cod:
      • By Wednesday morning, Provincetown had its power back, said a fire dispatcher.

      • In Chatham, police and fire dispatchers said they did not respond to major issues overnight.

      • In Sandwich, there were no major storm-related issues, according to officials, but there were about 1,200 customers without power as of 10:20 a.m., according to the NStar website.


      --Evan Allen

      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 4:07:32 PM
      Our massive effort continues to assist customers still impacted by snowstorm. We expect substantially complete power restoration tonight.
      Today MEMA is coordinating with communities across the state to assess damages & impacts from #MAsnow #blizzardof2015

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      Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will provide an update about the city's blizzard cleanup in a couple minutes.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:00:14 PM



      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:05:18 PM
      Walsh: In the city of Boston, the winter storm Juno was a historic event. The meteorologists were right on with their predictions for the city of Boston. 
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:09:19 PM
      Walsh asks for patience when it comes to street clearing. 
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:09:41 PM
      Walsh thanks residents who stayed home today and employers who allowed their employees to work from home.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:10:07 PM
      In the city of Boston, 800,000 miles of streets plus hydrants and schools. Crews are going out to clear all of them, says the mayor
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:10:45 PM
      Walsh said the announcement about whether Boston schools will be open Thursday will be made later this evening. He says he hopes the schools will be open.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:11:54 PM
      Walsh echoes his point from last night: Do not shovel your snow onto the streets. 
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:12:49 PM
      "We continue to err on the side of caution," says Walsh. 

      He urges pedestrians not to walk on the streets. If they must, Walsh asks that they take out their headphones.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:14:16 PM
      Low temperatures present a new danger, says Walsh. The shelters will be continue to be open around the clock. The homeless census has been postponed.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:15:26 PM
      Walsh: "I ask you to be patience. We are taking your requests, we're putting them into the computer, and we will get to your street."

      Walsh reports the Mayor's hotline received 3,200 calls on Monday, 4,300 on Tuesday, and he expects today's number to be double that.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:17:14 PM

      Utility crews lined Ocean Street in Marshfield Wednesday morning, trying to restore electricity as officials sought to assess the damage from a seawall breach in the Brant Rock section of town.

      Anush Elbakyan, Senior... 1/28/2015 5:18:31 PM
      Mike Dennehy, Department of Public Works: Our intent is to remove all the snow from the Boston Public Schools and their bus stops.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:18:33 PM
      Dennehy said the city will be using snow melters and two snow farms to remove the snow from Boston streets. The next steps are widening the streets, salting the streets, and getting rid of the snow, he says.
      Catherine Cloutier 1/28/2015 5:19:59 PM
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