Ross A. Atstupenas
Chief of Police
15 St. Paul St.
Blackstone, MA 01504
For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Blackstone Police Chief Warns of Potential Flooding, Power Outages with Upcoming Nor’easter
BLACKSTONE — Chief Ross Atstupenas would like to warn Blackstone residents of the potential for flooding and power outages that may occur when a nor’easter makes its way to the region early Friday morning.
The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for Worcester, Plymouth, Bristol and Norfolk counties. The storm has the potential to bring heavy rain and snow, flooding and damaging winds that could cause power outages.
A high wind watch will be in effect from Friday morning to Saturday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The region could see more than two inches of rain throughout the day Friday and 1-3 inches of snow Friday night into Saturday morning.
Wind gusts could reach up to 48 mph. Temperatures are expected to be between 32-43 degrees during that time.
BEFORE 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.
DURING THE STORM
- Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible.
- If power goes out during the storm, contact National Grid to report an outage by calling 1-800-465-1212
- To report a gas leak, contact Blackstone Gas at 508-883-9516.
- If you have an emergency call 911. If you experience flooding in your home contact the Blackstone Police Department at 508-883-1212.
AFTER THE STORM
- Please allow plows time to clear the roads.
- Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause a hazardous condition if the temperature dips.
- Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.