Northbridge Residents Urged To Prepare For Storm

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There will be a fine base for for sledding this weekend if forecasters are correct about as much as two feet of snow for this area.
There will be a fine base for for sledding this weekend if forecasters are correct about as much as two feet of snow for this area. Photo Credit: Deborah Gauthier

NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. – With a storm predicted to bring a foot or two of snow to the area Friday into Saturday, the Northbridge Emergency Management Agency and the Northbridge Police Department, Fire Department and Department of Public Works are urging caution.

“Citizens should take time to prepare for the storm as it is now predicted to be significant with 15 to 20 inches of snow,’’ Fire Chief Gary Nestor said.

Safety is always a concern as residents deal with major storms.

“If power is lost and they have a generator, they should make sure they use it safely and not indoors,’’ Nestor said.

Nestor also suggested:

  • Use flashlights and battery-operated candles, not candles.
  • If using an alternative heating device, don’t leave it unattended.
  • Downed wires should be considered live.
  • Anyone with a problem should call the Northbridge Police Department at 508-234-6211 or the Northbridge Fire Department at 508-234-8448.

The state’s Emergency Management Agency suggests each household have a winter emergency supply kit that includes:

  • Flashlight and extra batteries
  • Portable radio or NOAA weather radio with extra batteries
  • Charged cell phone
  • First aid kit
  • Essential prescription medications
  • Nonperishable food
  • Manual can opener
  • Water (one gallon per person/per day)
  • Baby items
  • Extra blankets and sleeping bags
  • Fire extinguisher

For a full list of MEMA recommendations, click here.

For a copy of the town of Northbridge Emergency Preparedness Handbook, click here.

Residents are also reminded of a winter parking ban that went into effect Dec. 1. The parking ban is from 1 to 6 a.m. and involves all streets with the following exceptions:

The even-numbered sides of:

D Street

High Street

Linden Street

Main Street from Buma Square to Border Street

Maple Court

Overlook Street

Upper High Street from #66 to #100

Water Street from Main Street to gate at the Shop yard entrance

Johnston Ave. from Brook Street to the end of Johnston Avenue at dead end

Upper Border Street from D Street North

The odd-numbered sides of:

East Street from Johnston Avenue to Christian Church parking lot

Forest Street

Johnston Avenue from Church Street to East Street

Pine Street

Prospect Street from Cottage Street to Church Street

Water Street from gate behind Fire Station to bottom of hill, 20 feet

North of fire hydrant

Granite Street from #23 Granite to East Street

Violators of the ban will be tagged and if interfering with snow removal operations will be towed at the owner’s expense, Police Chief Walter Warchol said.

The Department of Public Works follows a specific process when removing ice and snow. That information is available here.

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