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Weather Alert Issued March 7
Message from Chief Willette - March 7, 2008

We are facing a very wet forecast. Both the town service and the National Weather Service are showing 2 inches of rain probable from late Friday night until early Sunday morning. The NWS says up to 3 inches possible in select areas, depending on the storm track.
This rainfall combined with what we received earlier this week greatly increases the chance of localized flooding during the next 36 to 48 hours. If you have had water in your basement in the past, now is the time to prepare for having it again. Check your sump pump to be sure it will operate and the discharge is flowing. Many flooded basement calls the Fire Department responds to are due to malfunctioning sump pumps. If you expect water in your basement, get as much off the floor as possible. Make sure drainage from down spouts and run off is channeled away from your foundation and cellar windows. And check your gutters to be sure they are not clogged by leaves and other debris.
When the rain starts tonight, looks like after 9 PM, there is the chance of it turning to sleet for a time. As daybreak approaches, the temperatures will warm a bit, but the rain picks up. The heaviest rainfall is forecast from 12 to 6 PM on Saturday, but it will be a non stop event from tonight until early Sunday morning.
Saturday, along with the rain, temperatures will be in the high 30's with wind gusts to 25 mph, not a good day to be outside.
It would be a good time to take stock of your personal preparedness, and check in on neighbors and friends who might live alone or need assistance in checking their basements. Stay out of all rivers and streams, the current is deadly! Keep storm drains clear, and monitor local media for updates.
Updates will be sent as they become available.
Ken Willette
Fire Chief/Emergency Manager

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