Police Respond to 40 Calls of Downed Wires Due to Snow
Snow storm causes major problems for electricity, phone and cable.
As of 2:00 p.m. on Wedesday, the Norwood Police Department had responded to 40 calls of fallen wires in the town, including electricity, phone and cable.
The first call occurred at 5:12 a.m., after the snow - predicted to bring about 9-13 inches of snow to Norwood throughout the day - began between 2:00 and 3:00 a.m.
Police spokesman Kevin Grasso issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying that the wires have been the major issue of the storm so far today, and that NPD as well as the fire department and Norwood Light are all responding.
"At this moment we have not responded to any motor vehicle crashes today," Grasso wrote. "Officers report very little traffic on the roads allowing Public Works and contractors to do their jobs more effectively."
Grasso also wrote that some of the downed wires may have been due to falling tree limbs. The department has increased patrols to handle the situation and is making use of two SUVs and another vehicle equipped with tire chains for use in the snow.
Early Wednesday the National Weather Service office in Taunton issued a special weather statement, saying that the heavy nature of the snow and gusting winds could lead to hazardous conditions and downed wires.
The snow is expected to slow throughout the evening and stop before midnight.