In face of Sandy, city races to clear catch basins, secure construction sites
Boston city officials today announced a series of steps to prepare for possible effects from Hurricane Sandy, including clearing as many catch basins as possible before Monday and ordering that all utility work and road construction be secured by 5 p.m. today.
Assuming Sandy starts to lash the area, Boston Police will add extra patrols while Boston Fire will add extra firefighters to respond to downed wires. Boston EMS will also call in extra EMTs and paramedics.
City officials add that ISD will call in extra inspectors in areas hit by flooding, while city homeless shelters will open additional beds starting Sunday - as community centers prepare to serve as emergency shelters.