Winter Preparation

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Spring. Summer. Fall. Winter. Every season brings with its beauty some challenges unique to the time of year. Please keep weather and seasonal services and hazards in mind as you plan for the upcoming winter and stay ahead of the storms.

Winter Storm Preparation: Tips to Stay Safe & How to Report an Issue

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The most effective way for community members to seek and receive service and response during a winter storm, and for any other issue, is through See Click Fix. This program is received directly by the Town of Sandwich Department of Public Works staff. Active Use and participation in this program helps the Town track and respond to all issues and to identify problem areas, and develop localized responses. Requests and Inquiries made through See Click Fix will be logged, responded to and resolved.

Tips & Staying Safe

Here are some Winter Storm Tips from Mass.Gov. as well as check out our Town of Sandwich Seasonal Preparation FAQs below for town specific info on things like road plowing, emergency information and more.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Why do snow plows block my driveway with snow when they clear the road?
  • The DPW is sorry for this inconvenience. Unfortunately, this is unavoidable since our first responsibility is to clear the roads for safe passage. While snow plow operators try to minimize the amount of snow that is plowed into driveways, it is the owner’s responsibility to clear their driveway opening. To avoid extra shovel work, try to shovel after the snow plow has driven by, and shovel the snow to the right side of your driveway as you face the road. Below is a Clearing Your Driveway diagram that recommends how best to clear your driveway.
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How To Assist The DPW During Snow Storms

Below are a few suggestions to help not only yourself, but the DPW as well:

  • Do not park your vehicles in the road during snow storms.  The DPW cannot guarantee that your road will be plowed if vehicles are blocking the path of the snow plow.
  • Do not plow, shovel or blow snow onto the street.  Doing so creates a hazard to other motorists and to DPW snow plow operators.  The chunks of ice and snow create an uneven road surface that can take drivers by surprise.  The added burden of removing this additional snow increases snow removal costs.
  • Drive cautiously.  Be aware of the road conditions and your surroundings.
  • When driving, please stay at least 200 feet behind any snow plow and never pass a plow truck as visibility is limited for the snow plow operator.
  • Refrain from traveling during a storm event unless it is absolutely necessary.
  • Prior to final clean-up of your driveway, check the road condition. If it does not appear to be completely clear or needs to be widened, chances are the plow may return and may push snow back into the entrance of your driveway.  Waiting until the plows have finished making the roadways safe might keep you from clearing your driveway more than once.
  • Clean around any hydrants and catch basins.  Doing so will help the Fire Department in case there is a need to locate and operate the hydrant.  Exposing catch basin grates will help remove the runoff from the snow-melt and prevent ponding (and potential freezing) of water in the street.
  • Be Patient.  Roads will be cleared as soon as possible.