Dear Council President Maiocco, Council Members and City Department Heads:
I am writing to provide you with a basic informational report regarding Hurricane Sandy’s affect on the City of Medford.
Prior to the storm, the DPW cleared storm drains of leaves, and also robocalls contacted residents to make sure catch basins were cleared of leaves and that outdoor furniture and other items were locked down to keep them from possibly becoming projectiles.
In addition, I, along with DPW Acting Commissioner Paul Gere and the DPW, monitored potential flood areas, including: Wrights Pond, Daly Road, South Border Road, the Lawrence Road area, and the South Reservoir/Winchester, in order to ensure that water levels would not create flooding.
I also declared a local state of emergency. The following are highlights of what took place:
City Hall was open on Monday, with essential personnel in order to maintain city services. Waste Management completed Monday’s trash pick up by 2 PM, by adding additional trucks to complete the route. Today, they have picked up trash per the normal schedule. City Hall opened Tuesday morning at 8:30 AM.
The Hyatt Hotel was contacted for temporary housing needs. Medford High School was designated as a shelter, if needed, and staffed by the The Mystic Valley Medical Corp.
Department Heads participated in MEMA conference calls, as well as, met with representatives of National Grid in preparation for the storm.
The School Department cancelled school Monday and Tuesday.
The Department of Public Works has been working diligently to make all roads passable, as well as, visited and documented any residences with damage.
Additional public safety officials were called into work.
Two additional tree companies were hired to assist the DPW with downed trees, branches, etc.
The Senior Center opened today for any seniors who may have required assistance.
Ninety eight calls for damaged trees and seventy six calls for downed wires were made to E911.
I have visited many of the individual sites and believe it will take until sometime next week to pick up or chip away every damaged area.
National Grid has informed us that although they have many reinforcements staged at the Hilltop Steak House in Saugus, work will extend into next week.
In summary, this “Frankenstorm” has affected the lives of 50 – 60 million people. Our employees and thousands of others are working diligently and putting in many long hours to restore all damaged areas as quickly as possible.
MICHAEL J. McGLYNN, MAYOR