Monday, January 26, 2015, 5:30 PM
Dear Members of the Community,
Winter Storm JUNO is heading toward NH and it is expected to pack quite a wallop. Significant snow accumulation and high winds are cause for concern for the entire region.
Durham’s emergency personnel met this afternoon to plan for the impending storm.
All available Public Works Department staff will be on hand with plow trucks and sidewalk plows fueled up and ready to respond as needed.
The Fire Department has extra staff on hand beginning Monday evening to respond to emergencies, and the Police Department is also prepared react as necessary.
The Town’s various building generators that provide emergency power to the Police Department, Fire Department, Library, Wastewater Facility, and Public Works Department in the event of power outages have been topped off with fuel.
Emergency communication generators have also been fueled up for backup power generation if required.
Public Works has a full supply of salt and sand for use during the storm. For a storm like JUNO, Durham can use $10,000 in salt to help keep roadways safe. The full cost of a significant winter weather event like this can be in the $25,000 - $35,000 range.
Durham officials have been in touch with University of New Hampshire administrators to jointly plan for potential power outages and snow emergencies.
This storm will have high winds and significant snowfall so we actively encourage everyone who does not have to be out and about to stay home and be safe.
If Durham residents have sheltering needs at any time, please contact the Police Department at 603-868-2324. For emergencies, dial 9-1-1.