On the heels of last week's powerful March nor'easter that knocked down trees and caused widespread power outages, Police Chief Scott D. Benton and Fire Chief Timothy J. Grenno are warning Whitman residents to prepare for the storm that is expected to hit the region this week.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook and a flood watch for Plymouth and Bristol counties, noting the potential for significant rainfall and possibly high winds Wednesday morning into Thursday afternoon.
Whitman is likely to see a mixture of rain and snow and wind speeds could reach as high as 20 mph with gusts as high as 38 mph.
"Ahead of the winter storm this week, we urge everyone to check the area around their home for weakened or uprooted trees," Chief Grenno said. "If you're concerned about a tree near your home or power lines, please contact a tree trimming service as soon as possible."
"We will continue to help residents who remain without power from last week's storm, however everyone should be prepared for more outages this week," Chief Benton said. "In order to stay safe during this storm, we're asking the community to follow these tips."
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 immediately.
• 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. Consider a external battery for your mobile phone.
• Clear any storm drains of debris from the last storm to avoid flooding.
DURING THE STORM:
• 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 National Grid at 800-465-1212 to report an outage.
• To report a gas leak, call 911. Residents can also contact National Grid at 800-233-5325 for gas-related issues.
• If you have an emergency, call 911. If you experience flooding in your home or downed wires nearby contact the Whitman Fire Department at 781-447-7677.
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 to allow water to drain.
• Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause hazardous conditions if the temperature dips.