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Brookline Declares Snow Emergency, School Goes Online - Patch.com

Brookline Declares Snow Emergency, School Goes Online - Patch.com

Brookline Declares Snow Emergency, School Goes Online - Patch.com

Posted: 16 Dec 2020 12:00 AM PST

BROOKLINE, MA —Town officials say they are declaring a parking ban ahead of a regional storm that's set to bring up to a foot of snow on the town.

This means parking will be prohibited on all public ways from 1 a.m. Thursday through 1 a.m. Friday.

Trash and recycling will be delayed by one day for residents with trash service between Thursday and Friday. The town is asking that people do not leave their trash barrels out by the curb Thursday to make it easier for the plows to do their work.

Brookline Superintendent of Schools Jim Marini said students will pivot to online only school Thursday. Students in grades 1-8 will follow a typical remote Wednesday schedule and will be dismissed at noon. Students in grades 9-12 will be dismissed at 12:15 p.m. The block schedule for tomorrow is posted here. Kindergarten and BEEP students will not have school and will not have remote instruction. All remote performing arts lessons, rehearsals and performances will proceed as scheduled. School administrative and office staff who are able to work remotely tomorrow are encouraged to do so. Read more: How Snow Days In Brookline Will Work Amid Pandemic

Department of Public Works Commissioner Erin Gallentine said Brookline is ready for the storm, which is set to dump between 8 and 13 inches of snow on the town.

"And that could trend upwards," Gallentine said. "We will be watching this right up until it's on our doorstep. Things can change, but we are planning for a significant amount of snow."

That the snow is expected to be relatively light and dry is good news to her department, which is responsible for clearing the more than 250 miles of roadway in town, in addition to municipal parking lots.

Heavy, wet snow means downed wires and that diverts department of public works resources from clearing the roads, she said.

"For this storm, it's all hands on deck," she said. "We'll have the emergency operations center open and more than 100 pieces of equipment out on roads."

She said she expects the snow to be falling the fastest and be the hardest to clear early Thursday morning.

"We have highly trained staff that are out there, very capable of responding to the storm. Between midnight and 6 a.m. most of the work will be keeping the roads open for emergency vehicles," she said.

It's likely that people will wake up at 6 a.m. and see roads that need to be plowed because of the nature of the storm, but the crews will be on it, she said.

MA Snowstorm: Road Cleanup Could Take Longer Than Usual

"What ends up being a challenge for us is the duration, it is really exhausting work," Gallentine said. "We ask that residents really be considerate of the huge responsibility that public works employees have during the storm to keep roads open and safe and recognize that crews have been out there a lot of hours working to keep it safe."

Even after the last flake, crews will be working on clean up into Friday.

Business owners have three hours after a storm ends to clear sidewalks or face fines. Residents have 30 hours to clear their sidewalks. Find out more about the town's snow rules and regulations here.

Patch reporter Jenna Fisher can be reached at Jenna.Fisher@patch.com or by calling 617-942-0474. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram (@ReporterJenna).


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