Blizzard Update January 27, 2015

Blizzard warnings remain in effect until 1:00 AM Wednesday, January 28th, resulting in dangerous conditions with heavy snow, strong winds, gusts and drifting snow. Snowfalls of 24 inches or more are expected in the Auburn area, with drifts of 4 to 5 feet.

Governor Baker declared a State of Emergency in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts effective Monday, January 26th and the statewide travel ban remains in effect today. Under the travel ban, only emergency personnel and vehicles should be on the roads. For detailed information on the travel ban, visit www.mass.gov.

Town of Auburn public works and public safety officials are working hard under very difficult and challenging conditions. With white out conditions, gusts, and snow fall at rates of up to 4 inches per hour, snow is accumulating on the roadways within minutes of plowing. Extra equipment was brought in to help with the clearing operations but travel remains dangerous due to blizzard conditions.

Please note the following cancellations:

• Auburn Public Schools are closed today, January 27th.
• Town Hall, the Library and the Lorraine Gleick Nordgren Senior Center are closed today, January 27th.
• All town events, programs and activities scheduled for today and tonight, January 27th, are cancelled.
• The By Law Review Committee Meeting and Public Hearing scheduled for tonight, January 27th, is cancelled. The meeting and public hearing will be held on Thursday, January 29th at the Auburn High School.
• Republic has cancelled trash collection for customers today, January 27th. Depending on the severity of the storm, further trash collection advisement and information will be provided.
• Casella Recycling will not be operating the transfer station or recycling facility on Hardscrabble Road today, January 27th. The gates will be open so they do not get blocked by snow and to help with snow removal but the facility will be closed. Depending on the severity of the storm, Casella will consider a later opening on Wednesday.

The following important information is provided for residents and businesses:

Storm Reminders:
• Dial 911 for emergency calls only. Please direct all non-emergency calls to Auburn Dispatch at 508-832-7777.
• To report a power outage, gas leak, or downed wires call National Grid at 1-800-465-1212. Outages can also be reported on National Grid’s web site at https://www1.nationalgridus.com/OutageCentralHub
• For general questions, electric and gas customers of National Grid can call Customer Service at 1.800.322.3223.
• To report any service related issues related to Verizon or to receive alerts, customers can call 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966).
• Verizon’s Small Business customers can visit www.verizon.com/bizoutage. Medium business and enterprise customers should contact their regular customer service centers or account teams.
• NSTAR customers can report a service interruption by using NStar’s “Report an Outage” online tool or by calling 800-592-2000. Information about current outages is also available on NSTAR’s Outage Map at www.nstar.com.
• To report a cable outage, contact Charter Customer Service at 1-888-438-2427.
• During the storm, residents can tune into the Town’s AM Radio Channel 1610 for storm related updates.
• Updates will also be posted on the Town’s website at www.auburnguide.com, ACTV Channel 191, and the Town’s social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.

Shelters:
• A regional emergency shelter is open at the Worcester Technical High School on 1 Skyline Drive in Worcester, operated by the Red Cross and the City of Worcester. The shelter is open to all residents in Worcester County. Call Auburn dispatch at 508.832.7720 for information if shelter is needed.
• If an emergency shelter must be activated in Auburn due to widespread outages and resulting demand for sheltering, information will be provided via CodeRED, the Town’s web site, ACTV Channel 191, Radio AM 1610, the Town’s social media sites at Facebook and Twitter, and other media outlets.

Please be reminded:
• Do not park vehicles on the streets during the storm as this impedes snow clearing operations and emergency vehicles. Vehicles parked in the roadway will be towed.
• Do not leave trash bins in the street as it will hamper DPW and emergency vehicles.
• If you have a fire hydrant in front of your property, please shovel it to keep it clear for emergencies.
• If you use a generator, remember to keep it outside, well away from your home or garage.

Public safety is our main priority. We urge all residents to stay off the roads during the storm and adhere to the Governor’s statewide travel ban.

Thank you.

Julie A. Jacobson
Town Manager

Roger Belhumeur
Emergency Management Director