Saturday, February 16, 2013
The appropriately named Blizzard was found by a good Samaritan.
Blizzard is a sweet, male cat who was found shivering during the recent blizzard. He was saved by a person who was concerned for his welfare and brought him to Buddy Dog Humane Society. Not much is known about Blizzard, although he does seem to be very friendly. If you decide to adopt Blizzard, or any of the cats or dogs at Buddy Dog, you can win a prize. Just mention this video, or any Pet of the Week video on Sudbury or Acton Patch.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Who deserves your thanks? The road crews, the stranger who plowed the end of your driveway, your neighbor, or anyone else who helped you out during this historic snow storm?
It's been a snow storm of epic proportions that many of us in this part of Massachusetts will remember for a lifetime. The good Samaritan stories are also making their way around the kitchen tables: a woman who picked up extra groceries for her elderly neighbor; the lone snow plow operator who stopped to help someone out of a snow ditch; the family who took in a co-worker who lost power. Patch is a great forum to use for community conversations. This time, let's all say a big "thanks" to any person or group who helped us out during this storm. It's easier than sending a thank you note! The stories are out there. Add your story and "thank you" to the comments following this article.
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Do you have shots of your dog (or any pet) in all the snow from the blizzard? Share it here.
We've seen photos of the snow piled on your car, we've seen the huge snowbanks filling the streets and we've seen the snow drifts up against your door. Chances are you also took some pictures of your pet in the snow on Sunday — and with clear skies in the forecast this week, there's still ample opportunity to take some new ones. Upload your pet snow photos, and we will rotate them through the main photo feature spot. Click the green and white "upload photos and videos" button to add it to our gallery.
Monday, February 11, 2013
We've got some rough estimates, but we need your measurements.
There's no doubt about it — the recent blizzard left quite a bit of snow for Sudbury to clean up. But how much snow? Although the National Weather Service does not have an exact total for Sudbury, snowfall amounts have been recorded for several surrounding towns, including Wayland, Maynard, Waltham and Wellesley. Did you take snowfall measurements in Sudbury? How much snowfall did town get? Tell us in the comments section below! In the meantime, here are the snowfall amounts for some local cities and towns (provided by the National Weather Service):
Sunday, February 10, 2013
One Pendleton Road resident provides two pictures of his street just after noon on Sunday.
UPDATED: 1:50 P.M. Pendleton Road residents are still waiting for one of the town's plows to make a visit to their neighborhood. Resident Bob Pagano sent Sudbury Patch two pictures of his street just after noon today wanting to know one simple question: When is my street going to be plowed? A call to the DPW storm center hotline was answered by an automated voice requesting people leave their name, address, phone number and their emergency as the answering machine is checked often. The Sudbury Police Department said it did receive one call today regarding the unplowed road. "A lot of roads are in bad shape, down to one lane," Sgt. Richard McLean said. "(The DPW crews are) doing their best. They are out there. I just drove up and down …
Ground goes from bare to white in the blink of an eye.
Residents are reminded to clear vents in homes.
Other than the heavy snowfall, The Town of Sudbury was mostly spared during the Blizzard of 2013. The Sudbury Police Department reported no road closures, and NSTAR reported just a handful of power outages. But the Sudbury Fire Department has been busy responding to elevated levels of carbon monoxide in homes. In a release issued by the Sudbury FD, residents are urged to make sure all vents in homes are cleared of snow. "With drifting snow, ventilation outlets for heating systems can be blocked, and cause dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in living areas," the release reads. "Also, be careful to clear snow from around exhaust pipes if you are sitting inside an idling vehicle." Two people died from CO poisoning in Boston and two others …
Check out the scenes from around town.
Light, fluffy snow on rooftops can act as a sponge for rain, which is in the forecast for Monday. The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency offers these tips.
With rain in Sudbury's forecast for Monday, the Blizzard of '13 may not be finished wreaking havoc in Massachusetts. While temperatures dropped overnight on Friday resulting in light, fluffy snow, he Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) warns that fluffy snow piled high on roofs can act as a sponge, absorbing rain and adding additional stress to structures. Relatively flat roofs are particularly vulnerable, MEMA says. In other cases, roof ice dams have formed causing water build-up, leading to interior damage. These conditions can accelerate the snowmelt. To minimize the risk of over-stressing a building roof due to accumulated or drifting snow: Information from a release by the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
The Saturday suspension of mail delivery debate applies to today: but not because of USPS budget problems!
You may be wondering if there'll be any new mail in your mailbox today (that is, if you can even make it to your mailbox, with all this snow.) The answer is that mail service in all of New England — not just Massachusetts — has been suspended, according a Huffington Post report. The ban extends throughout all six New England states. The unusual decision was made due to safety concerns, according to Postal Service spokeswoman Christine Dugas. The decision came after over two feet of snow falling throughout much of New England made many roads impassable, she said. Dugas reminded people to clear around their mailboxes or paths to their homes by Monday, when mail delivery will resume.