Quincy officials have closed all public schools on Monday as the city tries to get back on its feet in face of the massive snowstorm Friday night.
The closing announcement comes amind power restoration efforts citywide, and although the storm dumped 30 inches of snow on the city - more than the blizzard of 1978 - crews have already made dramatic improvements, city officials said.
“Power situation is dramatically improved in the last 24 hours,” Christopher Walker, mayoral spokesperson, said Sunday morning. “National Grid is telling us that we have just under 4,000 customers without power at this point and they have started with a fresh set of crews as of this morning.”
There is no timetable on power restoration, though Walker said the city is hopeful that the vast majority of those 4,000 residents will be back online today.
In the meantime, the city’s two shelters, one at Quincy High School and the other at the Kennedy Senior Center, have been maxed out throughout the duration of the storm as families seek shelter and heat in the blizzard’s aftermath.
“We served over 200 people,” Walker said. “It’s winding down with the power being restored, folks are heading back home. There is still a good number at Quincy High, probably about 25-30 folks still there, and some folks at the Kennedy Center, but we’re hopeful that those numbers will continue to drop as the day progresses.”
Meanwhile the city is working to pump out the basements of some Quincy residents who had water damage as a result of coastal flooding.
“Obviously it will have to be assessed by the specific homeowners to determine how much damage was done but there was some damage,” Walker said.
According to Councilor Margaret Laforest’s Facebook page, some homes had up to five feet of water in their basements in the Narragansett Road/Chickatabot areas of town.
Overall, Walker said the mayor was proud of how well the city had made it through the storm and how quickly it was rebounding.
“National Weather Service confirmed that we got 30 inches of snow, which was more than blizzard of 78. When you add that with the coastal issues and with the city-wide power outage, it wasn’t a city on the eastern seaboard that was as hard hit as Quincy,” Walker said. “Considering, the mayor is tremendously proud of the work that’s been done over the last 48 hours to keep the city running.”