South Shore communities began announcing school closures Sunday afternoon and are bracing for widespread power outages and flooding as Hurricane Sandy heads toward Massachusetts.
Cohasset selectman Paul Carlson announced Saturday that all public schools would be closed Monday and all “non-essential” departments at Town Hall will be closing early Monday due to Hurricane Sandy.
The town also announced that it has lowered Jacobs Meadow and Treats Pond to help reduce coastal flooding.
Residents are being encouraged to watch for updates on the town website, www.cohassetma.org, the Cohasset Police Facebook page, and on local cable access - Comcast channel nine and Verizon channel 37.
Hull Public Schools Superintendent Judy Kuehn announced Sunday afternoon that schools will be closed Monday and updates will be posted on the town website.
Hull's Emergency Management did not answer phone calls Sunday however, statements online indicated that the town is preparing for widespread power outages and potential flooding.
A shelter will be set up at Hull Memorial School, 81 Central Ave., if necessary and residents are being asked to call 781-925-8123 instead of the police and fire departments if they need help getting to a shelter or have questions about the storm.
Weymouth has not announced any school closures yet for Monday however, the town did release a statement urging residents to “be prepared for the worst case scenario.”
Residents who live in flood prone areas are being advised to evacuate if necessary. The town will set up a shelter at Weymouth High School in conjunction with the American Red Cross if there is major damage reported in the coming days.
Up-to-date information will be added to the town’s website, www.weymouth.ma.us as it becomes available.
Marshfield public schools will be closed on Monday and the National Weather Service issued a coastal flood warning for Southeastern Massachusetts, as the South Shore prepares for Hurricane Sandy.
According to a tweet from school superintendent Scott Borstel, he decided to close Marshfield schools Monday after a conference call with emergency management officials Sunday afternoon.
The weather service issued an alert warning of coastal flooding from Monday morning through Tuesday morning. The worst will be mid day Monday and evening.
Scituate officials announced Sunday afternoon that schools would be closed Monday.
The town of Scituate also provides tips from Verizon and MEMA on how to prepare for the storm on its website.
Quincy is bracing for the hurricane, with Mayor Thomas Koch meeting with the full emergency-response team on Friday morning, speaking with the the DPW, Parks Department, Police and Fire Department, and School Department to coordinate a response.
Go here for more coverage of Quincy's preparations.
Hingham has mobilized several departments, checking equipment that will be needed for flooding and tree damage, and renting more equipment if the storm hits.
Norwell has urged all residents to have a gattery-operated radio as a back-up, keep their gas tank full, and charge up their electronics. Here's how residents should stay informed.
The Town of Plymouth did not have any Hurricane Sandy-specific announcements on its website Sunday but did have tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency about how to prepare.
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