Anthony Stowers, Fire Chief, EFO/CFO
1 Summer St.
Maynard, MA 01754
For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Maynard Fire Department and Emergency Management Team Warn of Potential Flooding, Power Outages with Upcoming Storm
MAYNARD — The Maynard Fire Department and Maynard Emergency Management Team are warning residents of the potential for flooding and power outages as a powerful storm makes its way into the region.
The National Weather Service has forecasted a serious storm that will pass through the area starting around midnight on Friday and continuing into Saturday morning.
Given recently warm temperatures, precipitation could switch back and forth from heavy rain to heavy, wet snow. The NWS expects the Maynard area to get as many as 2-3 inches of rain, as well as 2-4 inches of snow. Snowfall levels could increase depending on the track of the storm.
With heavy snow and rain, flooding is possible in low-lying areas. The Assabet River is expected to rise, but not reach flood levels. It will peak around midday on Saturday.
Wind gusts on Friday morning could reach 45-50 mph, with strong winds lasting through Saturday morning. Heavy, wet snow combined with powerful wind increases the possibility of power outages.
“As with any severe weather event, we are encouraging residents to stay inside and off the roads if possible, and to use extreme caution if you must travel,” said Fire Chief Anthony Stowers. “There is still a lot about this storm that could change, so we will advise residents of any fluctuations the storm is expected to bring to our area as we are made aware of them.”
Chief Stowers recommends that residents follow these guidelines to stay safe before, during and after the storm:
- Be sure to have batteries for flashlights and battery-powered lanterns to use in the event of a power outage. If you must use candles, keep them away from anything flammable and do not leave them unattended.
- Keep cell phones charged.
- If possible, move or secure any outside items that could get blown by heavy wind gusts, such as lawn furniture.
- Clear any storm drains of debris that are prone to flooding that may be near your house.
- Use extreme caution if you must travel on the roads and avoid areas with large amounts of standing water.
- If you need to use a generator, only use it outside and away from your home to prevent the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning.
- Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.
- If you have an emergency, call 911.