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Published On: Mon, Mar 5th, 2018

Clean Up Begins After Massachusetts Nor’easter, State of Emergency Declared

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker declared a state of emergency over the weekend as coastal towns in the state were hit hard with severe flooding and weather. Effective immediately, the state of emergency went into effect on Saturday as a nor’easter sent heavy rains, winds and snowfall to the area.

Baker’s state of emergency is procedural and will allow the state to deploy more resources in the battered state.

The clean-up crews and city will be able to procure additional resources thanks to the declaration. State of emergencies allow for local government flexibility.

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Local police and fire departments will also be able to be assisted by the National Guard thanks to Baker signing an order on Thursday. The signing has already helped the evacuation and rescue services in Eastern Massachusetts. The National Guard has deployed 53 vehicles to cities along the east to help local authorities.

Officials that request that people leave an area also got help from Gov. Baker who urged people in coastal communities to listen to officials and get out if asked. Rescue crews have been dispatched to areas where residents were asked to evacuate to rescue residents that may have stayed behind.

The state of emergency does not include a travel ban and will remain effective until Gov. Baker officially calls the state of emergency off.

Businesses have deployed small business cleaning services to help remove debris and clean up facilities in flooded commercial space.

Residents across the state started to lose power on Friday as storms intensified. Duxbury, Marshfield and Scituate called state of emergencies. Coastal flooding and high tides damaged local businesses and homes. Norwell is under a complete state of emergency after the entire town lost electricity.

Cleanup crews and businesses started to clean up the damage on Saturday before high tide returned causing many cleanup crews to abandoned their efforts.

Salisbury was hit three times in a 24-hour period. Officials worked to make walls of sand to help keep the tide from reaching the street. Strong winds and strong tides were no match for the walls which were quickly destroyed.

Officials ask residents in the area to stay off the roads.

The area flooded three times by noon on Saturday leaving heavy damage along the way. Beach areas were closed and residents in the area along with the public have been asked to leave the area by officials. Store fronts could be seen being ripped off during high tide and condos near the beach suffered severe flooding as seen by Salisbury police video.

Residents in the area state that this is the scariest nor’easter they have ever seen recalling the water pouring over the protective walls that were built prior to the storm.

Boston’s storm had winds that topped 93 miles per hour. The storm, which stretched across 13 states, left over 2 million people without power. The official death count has not been released but reports from shortly after the storm hit were that over nine deaths had been reported with more expected as the clean up process begins.

Author: Jacob Maslow

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