Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Easton Fire Chief Kevin Partridge briefed selectmen on storm response Monday night.
With the Blizzard of 2013 in the rear view, Easton Fire Chief Kevin Partridge, who heads Easton's Emergency Response Team, appeared before Selectmen Monday night to brief town officials on the damage and response. According to Partridge, 40 trees were down throughout the storm, and at the storm's peak, 19 percent of the town, or 1700 National Grid customers, were without power. Overall, Partridge estimated that approximately $197,000 was spent during the storm - most of which could be attributed to the Department of Public Works' response. Overall, the chief expressed satisfaction. "I’m very happy to report that all the town departments did an excellent response to Blizzard Nemo," he told Selectmen. By Monday night, the town had power …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Roads re-opened Saturday as the storm came to an end, but many were left powerless.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Restoration of power could take up to 72 hours from the end of the storm.
Easton Fire Chief Kevin Partridge said residents without power may be looking at a few days in the dark. "National Grid is at a phase five storm response and restoration of power could take up to 72 hours from the end of the storm which will be later today," he told Patch at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. "National Grid is not giving any specific timeline on when certain street will be restored." The Emergency Management Team is opening a warming shelter at the Olmsted-Richardson school beginning at 1 p.m. for those who need it. Residents should call 508-230-3323 for information or transportation. In the mean-time, residents need to be patient, Partridge said. "Residents need to be patient and understand they could be several days without power," he…
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With the bulk of the storm in the rear view mirror, we want to see the damage.
Friday, February 8, 2013
With another historic blizzard hitting Massachusetts, let's take a look back at the Blizzard of '78.
The Blizzard of ’78 has to be the most photographed and videoed winter storm in New England and Easton history. Images of stranded cars, battered coastlines and children playing in giant snowdrifts are all vivid memories of that historic storm. As New Englanders, we commemorated the 35th anniversary of the storm earlier this week – and now Mother Nature is celebrating herself with what could be one of the biggest snowstorms in history. As we hunker down for this storm, let’s take a look back at the Blizzard of ’78. Here are some fun videos from TV and radio broadcasts before, during and after the storm, as well as home movies on YouTube… Let’s start off with the TV news weather reports Here’s a radio broadcast from WBZ An old WEEI …
A declaration was made by the Board of Selectmen Friday morning.
The Town of Easton is officially under a state of emergency. Selectmen made the determination during an emergency meeting at 11:30 Friday morning as the Blizzard of 2013 rolled in. The action takes effect beginning at noon. "We want to reinforce the message to keep cars off the road," Town Administrator David Colton said. "This declaration of emergency gives police greater authority to tow if cars are blocking the road." The state of emergency was declared under the advice of Governor Deval Patrick, who urged municipalities in the commonwealth to take the action. The declaration also allows the town to secure FEMA money, should that be necessary. Board of Selectmen Chair Colleen Corona said she met with Easton's Emergency Management team, …
Area gas stations, like this one, are running short on gas with the impending storm.
About Around Town: Every week day, we'll provide you with a scene from around Easton. Let us know what you think about the scene in our comments section! Mutual Gas Station at the corner of Depot Street and Washington Street was short on gas Friday morning as the Blizzard of 2013 approached and residents hurried to fuel up. While one lane remained open, another was completely closed with plastic covering the pumps.
Follow along with Easton Patch during the Blizzard of 2013
Check here for updates from Patch, public safety personnel and residents as Massachusetts rides out the Blizzard of 2013.
New England may be in shutdown mode as a giant blizzard barrels through the area, but the conversation is alive and well on Twitter and the rest of the Web. Follow our live chat from Friday morning through the duration of the storm for updates in your neighborhood and around the rest of the state. Patch editors will provide continuous updates, and Twitter feeds from public officials, safety personnel and residents will let you know what's happening outside your window. If you'd like to ask a question during the chat, simply add it in the comment section above. We can't get to every question but will try our best to provide as much information as we can.