Mike Sullivan forwarded this email from MEMA about the Saturday to Sunday storm. Interestingly, if you page down far enough you see to which towns the equipment from NY, PA, NJ, and other states has been deployed (none to Medfield that I saw) –
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From: MEMA State Control (CDA)
Date: Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 12:27 PM
Subject: Situational Awareness Statement #18 – Winter Storm Recovery Operations and Weekend Snowstorm
To: “Schwartz, Kurt (EPS)” “Packard, Christine (CDA)”
Cc: CDA-DL – Dispatchers <
DATE: February 13th, 2015
TIME: 12:00 PM
SUBJECT: Winter Storm Recovery Operations and Weekend Snowstorm
Forecast Summary from the National Weather Service
Saturday into Saturday evening, low pressure out of the Great Lakes will sweep southeast of New England during which time light to moderate snow will spread across the region.
Saturday night into Sunday, low pressure will strengthen quickly into the Gulf of Maine the proximity of which will present the potential for blizzard conditions across east/southeast-coastal New England with snowfall amounts in excess of a foot along with strong to damaging winds possibly up to hurricane force. Combination of increasing winds and the Sunday morning high tide presents the threat of minor to moderate coastal flooding.
Possible hazards associated with this storm include; poor travel conditions, power outages, strong wind gusts, extreme cold, minor to moderate coastal flooding, and beach erosion.
Sunday night into Monday morning some of the coldest air of the season arrives delivering the potential of high temperatures on Monday barely breaking the teens.
Updated highlights for the weekend storm include:
- Potential for a significant snowfall of over a foot with blizzard conditions across east/southeast-coastal New England.
- Significant impacts to travel.
- Northerly winds will be gusting 35 to 45 mph Sunday into Sunday night with 50+ gusts possible for Cape / Islands.
- Snow will be fluffy and combined with winds expect blowing and drifting of snow.
- Expect visibilities of a quarter mile or less, especially for east/southeast-coastal New England
- Tides above 10 feet in Boston Sunday morning; surge likely; threat to north-facing beaches (i.e., Cape Cod Bay).
Coastal Flooding Highlights:
- Salisbury to Cape Ann (including Plum Island)
o Most at risk for moderate coastal flooding and beach erosion
- Cape Cod Bay Shoreline (Sandwich to Dennis)
o Significant beach erosion also a concern with minor coastal flooding
- South Shore (including Hull, Scituate, Marshfield)
o Risk of some overwash, especially in susceptible areas that were hard hit in the previous blizzard
o Expecting a 2.0 to 2.5 foot storm surge
o Highest from Salisbury to Cape Ann
o Waves approaching 20 feet just offshore for the Sunday morning high tide
Storm Total Snow Map
Maximum Wind Gusts (Midday Sunday Map):
Coastal Flooding Headlines Map:
Monday Morning Lows Map:
Current Watches, Warnings and Advisories:
- Blizzard Watch for east coastal Massachusetts from Saturday evening to Sunday evening.
- Winter Storm Watch for central and eastern Massachusetts from Saturday afternoon to Sunday evening.
- Wind Chill Advisory for central and western Massachusetts until 1 PM.
- Coastal Flood Watch for east coastal Massachusetts, including Nantucket, from late Saturday night through Sunday afternoon.
The State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) is at Level 2 (Partial Activation) with MEMA staff and state agencies including MassDOT, DCR, DEP, MANG, and MSP. The SEOC continues to provide situational awareness and coordinate assistance to ongoing local and regional snow removal and cleanup efforts.
The MEMA Regional offices in Tewksbury, Bridgewater, and Agawam are open and staffed, and are working to fulfill local requests for assistance.
Mutual Aid via the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC)
Pursuant to a request from MEMA through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact, the states of Maine, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont have agreed to send a total of 28 front end loaders, 76 dump trucks, 14 backhoes, and 36 skid-steer loaders, together with operators and maintenance personnel, to support ongoing snow removal operations.
MEMA secured an agreement with New York and deployed 2 snow melters from the City of New York to Boston via EMAC.
Pennsylvania is sending 10 personnel to support SEOC operations.
MEMA has stood up a State Staging Area (SSA) on the MassPort owned portion of Hanscom Air Force Base, with overflow capacity at Middlesex Community College in Bedford, to receive and support all out-of-state equipment and personnel. The SSA will operate on a 24/7 basis. Out-of-state resources began arriving at the SSA Tuesday and will continue to arrive through today. Heavy equipment and personnel that arrived yesterday from Pennsylvania and Vermont will deploy today to cities and towns to assist in snow removal operations. Crews and equipment that arrive at the SSA today from Maine and Pennsylvania will deploy tomorrow to cities and towns.
Resources that arrived in Worcester Tuesday and are staged/working in Worcester:
- 3 front end loaders and 4 dump trucks from the NY State Thruway
Resources that have arrived at the SSA through last night:
- 15 front end loaders, 14 dump trucks, and 18 skid-steer loaders from NY DOT
- 6 front end loaders, 10 dump trucks, and 10 skid-steer loaders from NJ DOT
- 2 5-yard Loaders, 2 Back Hoe Loaders, 2 Skid steers, 6 20-ton Dump trucks, 6 10-ton Dump trucks from VT National Guard
- 15 dump trucks and 2 backhoes from PA DOT
Resources that arrived yesterday and are staged/working in Boston:
- 2 snow melters from New York City
Resources scheduled to arrive at the SEOC today:
- 10 personnel from Pennsylvania Emergency Management to support SEOC operations
Resources scheduled to arrive at the SSA today:
- 5 dump trucks and 5 backhoes from PA Turnpike
- 6 Skid Steer Loaders, 13 10-Ton Dumps, 3 20-Ton Dumps, 3 Back Hoe Loaders, 1 5-Yard Loader and 1 2.5-Yard Loaders from ME National Guard
Since Monday, February 9, MEMA has received a total of 258 requests for assistance.
As of 11 AM, MEMA is coordinating a total of 158 active resource requests from 103 communities for snow removal assistance, including heavy equipment, snow melters, digging out fire hydrants and storm drains, and deliveries of salt.
The following heavy equipment missions were in progress or deployed as of 11:00 AM:
Please note: All heavy equipment is deployed with operators.
- Acton: MassDOT: 2 Front End Loaders and 2 Dump Trucks
- Amesbury: DCR: 1 Dump Truck
- Arlington: MassDOT: 1 Dump Truck, 1 Skid Steer and 1 Front End Loader
- Athol: MassDOT: 1 Front End Loader, 3 Dump Trucks
- Auburn: MassDOT: 1 Front End Loader, 1 Dump Truck
- Berlin: DCR: 1 Dump Truck
- Boston: PA DOT: 1 Backhoe; MANG: 4 skid steers; CT Contractor deployed 5 Teams (1 Front End Loader, 1 Bobcat, 1 Backhoe, 3 Dump Trucks per team)
- Boylston: PA DOT: 2 dump trucks
- Brockton: VT NG: 6 Dump Trucks
- Braintree: MANG: 4 Front End Loaders
- Chelsea: MANG: 1 Dump Truck
- Cohasset: NY DOT: 1 Front End Loader; VT NG: 2 Dump Trucks
- Essex: NY DOT: 2 Front End Loaders, 3 Skid Steers, 3 Dump Trucks
- Fall River: PA DOT: 8 Dump Trucks; MassDOT: 2 Front End Loaders, 1 Backhoe
- Gloucester: MANG: 6 Front End Loaders, 6 Dump Trucks
- Hanover: MassDOT: 1 Front End Loader
- Ipswich: MassDOT: 2 Front End Loaders, 2 Dump Trucks; NY DOT: 1 Front End Loader
- Lawrence: NY DOT: 1 Bobcat, 1 Dump Truck
- Leominster: MassDOT: 1 Backhoe, 1 Dump Truck; NY DOT: 1 Front End Loader; VT NG: 4 Dump Trucks
- Lunenburg: Northern Tree: 2 Dump Trucks and 2 Front End Loaders
- Malden: MassDOT: 1 Front End Loader; NJ DOT: 1 Bobcat, NY DOT: 2 Front End Loaders, 1 Dump Truck
- Millville: MassDOT: 1 Front End Loader, 1 Dump Truck, 1 Wing Plow
- Nahant: NJ DOT: 2 Front End Loaders, 2 Dump Trucks
- Newburyport: PA DOT: 1 Front End Loader, 5 Dump Trucks
- Newton: NY DOT: 3 Front End Loaders, 3 Bobcats and 3 Dump Trucks
- Norwell: NJ DOT: 4 Front End Loaders
- Phillipston: MassDOT: 1 Grader with Wing Plow
- Revere: NY DOT: 2 Front End Loaders, 1 Dump Truck
- Salem: MANG: 1 front end loader, 3 dump trucks and 2 skid steers
- Scituate: NY DOT: 2 Bobcats, 2 Dump Trucks
- Somerville: NY DOT: 1 Front End Loader; NJ DOT: 6 Bobcats, 6 Dump Trucks; MassDOT: 2 FELs, 1 Dump Truck
- Topsfield: MassDOT: 1 wing plow
- West Boylston: DOT: 1 Backhoe
- West Bridgewater: NY DOT: 1 Bobcat, 1 Dump Truck
- Weymouth: NY DOT: 3 Bobcats, 3 Dump Trucks
- Worcester: Northern Tree: 3 Front End Loaders and 11 Dump Trucks; NY State Thruway: 3 Front End Loaders and 4 Dump Trucks; PA DOT: 1 Backhoe, 3 Dump Trucks
MANG teams are deploying to the following communities today:
- Ashland: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Attleboro: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Auburn: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Beverly: 2 teams of 4 MANG troops
- Billerica: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Bridgewater: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Brockton: 4 teams of 4 MANG troops
- Dudley: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Easton: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Gardner: 2 teams of 4 MANG troops
- Hanover: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Holbrook: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Ipswich: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Leominster: 2 teams of 4 MANG troops
- Lynnfield: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Malden: 2 teams of 4 MANG troops
- Marshfield: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Medford: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Medway: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Mendon: 2 teams of 4 MANG troops
- Middleton: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Milton: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Natick: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Newton: 2 teams of 4 MANG troops
- Norton: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Norwell: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Oxford: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Pembroke: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Sharon: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Shrewsbury: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Spencer: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Sterling: 2 teams of 4 MANG troops
- Stoughton: 2 teams of 4 MANG troops
- Taunton: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Topsfield: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Uxbridge: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- West Bridgewater: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Westford: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
- Weymouth: 1 team of 4 MANG troops
MEMA continues to work with salt vendors to provide salt to the following communities:
MA National Guard Deployments
MA National Guard (MANG) teams continue to be deployed throughout the Commonwealth to support local public safety and public works personnel with critical public and life safety issues and enhancing critical services. These teams have been instructed to work with local officials to define specific missions. Examples of permissible missions include: digging out fire hydrants, opening storm drains and catch basins to prevent flooding, clearing snow from HVAC vents at public facilities and critical infrastructure, and ensuring access to critical infrastructure such as police and fire stations, pumping stations, and public facilities that provide necessary health and social services. While cities and towns may have other snow removal needs, it is important that MANG teams first address these types of public and life safety missions across the Commonwealth before taking on secondary missions. Once these teams complete critical missions in a community, they will move on to other communities. MEMA and the MANG ask that communities that receive these teams work with them, and the soldiers, to assign missions that meet the specific criteria.
MassDOT / MBTA Update
|General Conditions and Impacts
|Due to weather-related Orange Line delays, Haverhill Line passengers are strongly encouraged to transfer to the Orange Line at North Station, not Malden Center.
The Commuter Rail will continue to operate on published weekday schedules on Friday, February 13. Some trains may be cancelled due to weather-related issues.
See line specific details below.
|▬ Blue Line
||The Blue Line will operate today, but with fewer cars and less frequent service.
|▬ Orange Line
||The Orange Line will resume regular weekday service today, Friday, February 13. Customers should continue to anticipate weather-related delays in service.
|▬ Red Line
||· Limited Red Line service will be available between Alewife and Ashmont Stations. Red Line trains will also resume on the Braintree branch to North Quincy Station with shuttle bus replacement of Red Line trains between North Quincy and Braintree Stations through Sunday, February 15. This means that Braintree branch subway service between North Quincy and Braintree Stations is replaced with shuttle buses through the end of service on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Customers are strongly encouraged to use Commuter Rail service that will stop at Braintree and Quincy Center.
· Buses will replace service on the Mattapan Trolley Line from start to end of service on Friday, February 13.
|▬ Green Line
||The Green Line will operate today, but with fewer cars and less frequent service.
|▬ Silver Line
||Operating; delays possible due to road conditions.
||All bus routes will operate a regular weekday schedule on Friday, February 13. Many bus routes will experience weather related delays and may operate on snow route.
|▬ Commuter Rail
||The Commuter Rail will operate on published weekday schedules beginning at the start of service on Friday, February 13, 2015 with the exception of the following cancelled trips:
· Providence Line 800
· Franklin Line 702
· Fairmount Line: 734/744
· Stoughton Line: 901/902
· Worcester Express: 582
· Anderson/Woburn Line 351/352 & 355/356 & 357/358
· Reading Line 259/260 & 263/264
· Beverly 051/052 & 053/054
|▬ Commuter Boat
||· Due to icing conditions at Hingham Shipyard, all Hingham vessel departures and arrivals on Friday, February 13, will operate between Hingham and Rowes Wharf exclusively.
· Hull Ferry service to Hull, Logan Airport, and Long Wharf will operate as scheduled on Friday, February 13, but with no connections in Hingham. Connections to Hingham from Long Wharf, Logan Airport, and Hull are currently suspended and will resume when icing conditions improve.
· Charlestown Ferry service will operate on a weekday schedule on Friday, February 13.
|▬ The RIDE
||Operating; however delays and cancellations are likely; customers should check with the operator.
|REGIONAL TRANSIT AUTHORITIES
||No impacts reported
||No impacts reported
||No impacts reported
|Boston Express Bus
||Boston Express Bus is extending the suspension of “Commuter Loop” stops through next Friday, February 20, 2015. Commuter loop trips will go directly to South Station.
|Peter Pan Bus
||No impacts reported
|Plymouth & Brockton
||No impacts reported
||No impacts reported
||No impacts reported
||No impacts reported
- DCR employees will be training with MassDOT on the newly acquired snow melting machines today.
- DCR and DEP are providing 64 traffic cones/delineators to supplemental State Staging Area ‘Springs’ with delivery around noon.
- DCR is continuing snow removal operations at DCR facilities and roadways. Rehab and repairs are being done today in preparation for tomorrow’s storm.
- DCR salt supplies remain low.
- The Central MA Mosquito Control Project dump truck returned to Berlin to assist with snow removal today.
- The NE Mass Mosquito Control Project’s dump truck returned to Amesbury to assist with snow removal today.
DEP Guidance on Snow Disposal in Open Waterways
Due to the extraordinary weather experienced by the Commonwealth in the past several weeks, municipalities throughout the Commonwealth are facing significant challenges in their efforts to clear, remove and dispose of historic accumulations of snow. MassDEP recognizes that cities and towns may need to undertake emergency measures to ensure protection of public safety.
As communities proceed with necessary emergency snow disposal, it is recommended you use the best management guidelines included in MassDEP’s Emergency Disposal Guidance (http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/regulations/snow-disposal-guidance.html), including:
- Dispose of snow in open water with adequate flow and mixing to prevent ice dams from forming.
- Do not dispose of snow in saltmarshes, vegetated wetlands, certified vernal pools, shellfish beds, mudflats, drinking water reservoirs and their tributaries, Zone IIs or IWPAs of public water supply wells, Outstanding Resource Waters, or Areas of Critical Environmental Concern.
- Do not dispose of snow where trucks may cause shoreline damage or erosion.
- Consult with the municipal Conservation Commission to ensure that snow disposal in open water complies with local ordinances and bylaws.
Communities that intend to dispose of snow in open water as outlined above must provide advance notification to DEP by calling (888) 304-1133. Communities must also consult with their Conservation Commission prior to disposing of snow in open water.
For additional information and resources, visit:
Undersecretary, Homeland Security & Emergency Management
Director, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security
508-820-2000 (24/7 Communications Center)