Brian P. Levesque, Police Chief
249 Russells Mills Road
South Dartmouth, MA 02748
For Immediate Release
Monday, March 12, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Dartmouth Police Advise Residents in Anticipation of Third Nor’easter
DARTMOUTH — Chief Brian Levesque and the Dartmouth Police Department are warning residents to be prepared as a third nor’easter in as many weeks is expected to hit the region tonight.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Bristol County, noting the potential for blizzard-like conditions and heavy snowfall beginning Monday night and continuing throughout the day Tuesday.
Dartmouth could see between 4 and 8 inches on Monday night and an additional 10 to 14 inches on Tuesday. Wind gusts could reach speeds of up to 50 mph.
“Please use caution before, during and after this storm,” Chief Levesque said. “We are expecting significant amounts of snow and strong wind gusts so be sure to prepare for the possibility of power outages and check on your neighbors.”
BEFORE THE STORM
- Residents should be prepared for power outages and stock up on batteries for flashlights or battery powered lanterns. If using candles, keep them away from anything flammable and never leave them unattended.
- Keep cell phones, laptops and tablets charged as much as possible. Consider a external battery for your devices.
- Neighbors should talk with one another and set up plans to assist those who may be at risk and/or in need of help.
DURING THE STORM
- Stay off the roads and stay indoors, if possible. Give plow and sand/salt trucks the space they need to operate.
- If your power goes out during the storm, contact Eversource at 800-286-5000 to report an outage.
- To report a gas leak, call 911. Residents can also contact Eversource at 800-286-5000 for gas-related issues.
- Follow the Dartmouth Police on their Facebook page and Twitter account for updates during and after the storm. If you have an emergency, call 911.
AFTER THE STORM
- Clear snow from any gas vents attached to your home.
- Assist the fire department by shoveling out any hydrants near your home.
- Do not go near or drive over any downed power lines.
- Check your property for any trees that could be in danger of falling near your home or vehicles.
- As the snow begins to melt, clear any debris from storm drains near your home to allow water to drain.
- Do not pump water from sump pumps into the road. The water can freeze and cause hazardous conditions if the temperature dips.