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Boston Readying Tons of Salt for Weekend Snowstorm

The Boston plows make their way down Newbury Street.

Boston has tons of salt ready to use for this weekend’s snowstorm.

The city started off with more than 30,000 tons of salt this winter and has only used a couple thousand, even after the Blizzard of 2013.

And Boston sanders, plows, trucks and contracted winter workers are only using salt, or a mixture of salt and water called brine – no other chemicals.

However, the reaction of their furry friends and the thick coating already seen on roads and cars hasn’t stopped some South End residents from questioning the city’s ice melt tactics

Business owners on West Roxbury’s and Jamaica Plain’s Centre Street have also heard complaints about snow melt products through the years. 

John Guilfoil, spokesperson for the Mayor’s office, said the issue could be with the ice melt solutions individuals business owners use on sidewalks, not what the city uses on the street.  read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 22, 2013 at 12:54 pm

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How Boston Prepares for a Snowstorm – And What You Can Do

The Boston Department of Public Works loading road salt in preparation of the Blizzard of '13.

The city’s public works department is readying more than 600 pieces of equipment for the upcoming storm, gearing up for what could be the biggest storm Boston has seen in years.

The DPW starts their preparations by pre-treating as many streets as possible, prepping the salters, sanders and plows, and coordinating with the mayor’s office to get residents to keep their cars out of the way. See this video on how they get ready

The mayor is also trying to reduce traffic by urging employers to let employees work from home and requiring only essential city personnel to come in to work. 

Mayor Thomas Menino has already declared a snow emergency starting at noon Friday, meaning you need to move your car off these streets so that DPW vehicles can clear the snow. During declared snow emergencies, discounted parking is available at several parking lots and garages to cars that display Boston resident parking stickers.   read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 8, 2013 at 2:12 am

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NSTAR Offers Tips to on How to Prepare for Snowstorm

File photo: NSTAR

With a major nor’easter expected to impact the Boston area beginning Friday, NSTAR announced on Thursday it will will activate its emergency response plan for a significant impact on the electric grid.

“We’re well into our preparations for responding to potentially widespread power outages resulting fromthe nor’easter’s high winds and heavy snow,” said Craig Hallstrom, President of NSTAR Electric. “Weprepare year-round for storms like this and stand ready to address damage to our system as soon as itbecomes safe to do so.”

NSTAR said 3,000 employees are currently preparing to assist in the storm reponse effort, and the company has also secured additional contractor line and tree crews. 

The company is advising customers to make advanced preparations as well. 
You can can prepare for storm damage and power outages by assembling a storm kit in advance

Some suggestions for items to include in a storm kit are: read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 7, 2013 at 7:53 pm

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