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A roof collapse and storm-induced headaches in Natick

Posted by Megan McKee  February 2, 2011 02:04 PM

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Though the two storms have caused plenty of headaches and lamenting over the past couple of days, the weather has meant little in the way of major accidents or damage so far with the exception of a garage roof that collapsed last night, according to public safety officials.

That may change as the sleet and rain freeze tonight when temperatures are expected to plunge into the teens.

Last night at about 10:30 p.m., a garage roof at 3 Webster St. in Natick collapsed, according to Fire Chief James Sheridan. He said no one was injured, though a vehicle inside the structure was damaged.

Police said the biggest problem has been parking complaints, with no major accidents reported.

Like pretty much every other district in the area, Natick public schools were closed, as well as other municipal buildings like Town Hall, Morse Institute Library, and Bacon Free Library.

Tax-payers got a two-day reprieve on their bills. Quarterly property tax bills were due Feb. 1 but Town Hall officials extended the due date to Feb. 3.

And the Board of Selectmen debate originally planned for tonight has been rescheduled for March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Morse Institute Library. Natick Forever is sponsoring the debate.

To keep up-to-date on the downtown scene, check out the Natick Pegasus snow-cam, which is now broadcasting on cable.

Power outages should be reported to NSTAR at 1-800-592-2000 and concerns for Department of Public Works can be relayed via 508-647-6550.

Megan McKee can be reached at megan.mckee@gmail.com.

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