Governor Baker outlines snow recovery efforts

BOSTON (WWLP) – Eastern Massachusetts has gotten close to seven feet of snow since the start of winter, and the snow just keeps on coming. Governor Charlie Baker declared a “State of Emergency” as his team prepares to get rid of all this snow.

“Historic snowfalls, unprecedented times, which call in many cases for unprecedented action,” Baker said during Tuesday’s news conference.

500 Massachusetts National Guardsmen will be deployed to help cities and towns hardest hit by recent snowstorms. They will be operating front end loaders, bobcats and dump trucks to remove several feet of accumulated snow. Governor Baker is also asking surrounding states to help with recovery efforts. Vermont is sending a dozen pieces of equipment that’s expected to arrive Tuesday night. New York and Pennsylvania are also chipping in. Next week, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), will take the first steps to file for federal disaster assistance for January’s blizzard.

“We expect to be on the ground starting next Tuesday with FEMA doing damage assessments, going city by city,” said MEMA Director Kurt Schwartz.

That process will take about a week. MEMA is confident they will qualify and receive federal help to hopefully get the state back on track.

“We need to get the Commonwealth back to work, and we need to get our kids back to school,” said Baker.

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