Paicos on Blizzard: ‘So Far, So Good’ in Foxborough (Video)
Foxborough officials received an update via conference call just after 5 p.m. Friday on how the town is managing Blizzard 2013.
As Foxborough Town Manager heard updates from Police Chief Edward O’Leary, Deputy Fire Chief Steven Bagley and National Grid Liaison Tom Coughlin regarding Friday’s blizzard, the message was clear:
“So far, so good,” Paicos said.
Over a dozen town officials and department heads were on the conference call just after 5 p.m. Friday.
Here’s the most recent update of the town’s condition provided by public safety officials and department heads:
Foxborough Police Say ‘Not Much Happening’
“There haven’t been any real significant calls,” O’Leary said. “The bulk of the community is paying attention to the Governor’s order about the 4 p.m. shutdown [and staying off the roads]. We have extra people still on patrol to be able to respond to calls. That will continue.”
O’Leary added the department was able to secure two snowmobiles from Motorcycles of Manchester on Route 1 in Foxborough.
“They are available at the public safety building,” O’Leary said. “They also sent some protective helmet gear.”
O’Leary said as of 5 p.m. he hasn’t heard of any motor vehicle crashes and the department responded to just one medical emergency around 4 p.m.
‘Everything Going Smooth’ for Foxborough Fire
“It’s been pretty quiet,” said Deputy Fire Chief Steve Bagley. “No wires down or anything like that. We have staffed up to 12 men. Everything is going smooth right now.”
DPW Director Says ‘Everything is Looking Pretty Good’
Foxborough DPW Director Roger Hill says about 50 plows are out on the roads in town and everything is “looking pretty good.”
“No incidents,” Hill said. “There’s about 5 inches of snow and the wind is starting to go good. The snow is still not coming down anywhere near 2 or 3 inches an hour.”
Hill credited the DPW’s prep work on the roads for the positive report at 5 p.m.
“We had a great prep,” Hill said. “The roads are in beautiful shape.”
National Grid Liaison Says 2 Crews Will be Stationed in Foxborough
For those worried about power outages, National Grid Liaison Tom Coughlin has some good news:
“Two National Grid crews will be stationed in Foxborough,” Coughlin said. “When we staff up tomorrow we will be running four National Grid crews in Foxoborough if we need to. These crews will be working in the four-town region consisting of Wrentham, Plainville, Franklin and Foxborough.”
Coughlin said those crews will include tree crews.
“It’s a good thing having those crews stationed at the DPW,” Coughlin said.
Coughlin added there were no reports of downed wires in town.
Town officials will hold another phone conference call Saturday at 9 a.m. to assess the condition of the town. After the storm concludes, officials will meet at the Foxborough Public Safety Building.