Parking, travel bans in place for SE Massachusetts

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — Crews in Southeastern Massachusetts made preparations Monday for what could be a historic blizzard.

New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell declared a state of emergency for his city, and reinforced the statewide travel ban that begins at midnight. With heavy snow and winds expected to bear down on the area, he warned residents to be off the roads and indoors well before then.

The Pilgrim United Church, located at 634 Purchase Street, has opened up as a warming center for residents in need of shelter, and the city has sand available at a number of locations. Click here for the full list, along with more information from Mayor Mitchell.

Every city and town in Southeastern Massachusetts has canceled school for Tuesday, and some – including Fall River and Fairhaven – have already canceled for Wednesday as well.

Fall River DPW Director John Perry said that 210 tons of salt will be arriving Monday. This would bring their salt total to more than 800 tons by the end of the day, which will be more than enough to get through the storm.

Fall River started treating road surfaces early on Monday, and once the snow becomes heavier crews will put the blades down to focus on snow removal.

Kimberly Coroa Moniz, the vice president of the Fall River Chamber of Commerce, said on Sunday that safety is the most important thing. She also mentioned that checking on elderly neighbors – especially when the power and heat go out – is a cause for concern.

“I have two elderly parents myself – making sure they don’t need anything,” said Moniz.”Obviously heat is an important factor.”

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