For Immediate Release
Monday, March 12, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Raynham Police and Fire Departments Advise Residents Ahead of Another Expected Nor’easter
RAYNHAM — With a nor’easter forecast to hit the area for the third week in a row, Fire Chief James T. Januse and Police Chief James W. Donovan and the Raynham Police and Fire Departments are urging residents to be prepared for severe weather.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Bristol County, noting the potential for blizzard-like conditions and heavy snowfall beginning Monday night and continuing throughout the day Tuesday.
A parking ban will be in effect on all roads in Raynham beginning at midnight Tuesday and continuing through midnight Wednesday.
Raynham could see between 10 and 18 inches of snow, and up to 20 inches in some spots. Wind speeds could include gusts up to 65 mph, causing whiteout conditions.
BEFORE THE STORM
- Check the surrounding areas outside of your home and examine trees that have been weakened or uprooted from last weekend’s storm. If there is a tree that you believe is unstable and may fall, please contact a local tree trimming service company.
- Residents should be prepared for more power outages and stock up on batteries for flashlights or battery powered lanterns. If using candles, keep them away from anything flammable and never leave them unattended.
- Keep cell phones charged as much as possible.
- Clear any storm drains of debris from the last storm to avoid flooding.
DURING THE STORM
- Be sure to keep snow away from exterior gas appliance vents and check regularly to ensure they remain clear.
- Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.
- If power goes out during the storm, contact Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP) to report an outage by calling 508-824-3111.
- To report a gas leak, contact Columbia Gas at their emergency line at 1-800-525-8222.
- If you have an emergency call 911. If you experience flooding in your home contact the Raynham Fire Department at 508-824-2713.
AFTER THE STORM
- Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.
- Check your property for any trees that could be in danger of falling near your home or vehicles.
- Clear any debris from storm drains near your home.
- Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause hazardous conditions if the temperature dips.