CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos is telling city residents to stay off the roads between Monday night and Wednesday morning, as heavy snow moves toward our area.
Like Governor Charles Baker did statewide, the mayor declared a state of emergency for Chicopee, which makes the city eligible for reimbursement of costs. During a news conference Monday afternoon, Kos said that drivers should stay off the streets from 6:00 P.M. Monday until 6:00 Wednesday morning.
The city will have some 150 pieces of equipment on the roads, which are currently being pre-treated with salt and sand. To make it easier for plow crews to clear the 1,100 roads in town, a parking ban has gone into effect. (No parking on main streets or the even side of secondary streets.) Violators will be towed starting at 9:00 P.M.
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Jeff Cady of Chicopee Electric Light said that power outages are highly likely from this storm, and crews from New Jersey have been called-up to provide help to Chicopee, Holyoke, Westfield, and South Hadley. Cady added that power would not be restored until it was safe for crews to work.
If you have an emergency, you should call 9-1-1, but if you have a roads issue, call the DPW at 594-3557. They are staffed with clerks for at least the next 36 hours.
The city has not yet set up an emergency shelter, but it was announced during the news conference that if it is determined to be necessary, one will be set up at Chicopee High School on Front Street.