Blizzard conditions may mean power outages

MGED is asking customers to be ready, have patience and stay safe
Winter Storm Advisory from National Weather Service

Middleborough, January 3, 2018- Middleborough Gas & Electric Department officials are warning customers that the impending blizzard is a day-long event that could cause widespread and recurring outages. This will be followed by bitter cold for several days. The National Weather Service is predicting 7 – 14 inches of heavy, wet snow in our area which could coat trees limbs and wires, then freeze, potentially causing severe damage. Residents without power may need to seek alternate shelter until power is restored. Winds gusting as high as 60 mph will cause blowing snow and whiteout conditions making travel on local roads hazardous. MGED asks customers to stay inside and stay safe.

If you need to report an outage or downed line, call the Electric Division at (508) 947-3023 or report your outage online at MGED.com/outage-center. Customer service personnel are asking for patience as they anticipate that many will be calling.

The department has also posted Your Guide to Storm Safety on the website in the Outage Center and has distributed printed copies throughout both towns at the libraries and town halls. All residents should review the steps to be ready for this potential outage event. Everyone should have a storm kit prepared including:

  • Flashlights and fresh batteries
  • Battery-powered radio extra batteries
  • Land-line phone or completely charged cell phone or charged cordless phone
  • Charged laptop computer or tablet to access online information
  • Supplies to bring to a shelter or alternate housing if you need to evacuate

The department is also reminding all customers to keep your vents and meters clear of snow and protected from falling ice to avoid damage, service problems and even poisonous carbon monoxide. Mark the location of your meter before the snowfall to prevent damage from plowing or piling snow.

The department will post updates to the website outage center and via social media on Facebook/MGEDnews and on Twitter @MGEDnews. Department crews will be working day and night to restore power. As always, department staff remind all customers to stay away from downed power lines, never drive over them or attempt to move them and call (508) 947-3023 directly to report these when you see them.