Storm Report from Rep. Tim Whelan

Many resources being shifted to the Cape...
Lt. Governor Polito addresses the media Tuesday at the Barnstable County Complex. (Courtesy of Rep. Whelan)

From State Rep. Tim Whelan:

Friends, just getting home to Brewster (no power but generator is running fine to charge my phone battery) at this late hour after spending the day out in the District. I cannot thank enough the many folks who are committed to our quick recovery from this weather emergency. As you saw earlier, I started the day with Lt Governor Karyn Polito and finished the day with her.

We have a full commitment from the Baker-Polito administration to provide every needed bit of state assistance going forward. She spent the day and evening with us locally speaking with emergency management officials, touring damage in the area, and visiting the emergency shelter at D-Y Regional High School. Speaker Bob DeLeo also called me to check in on my family and our district and pledged his support for Cape Cod as we recover.

Our municipal officials have been fantastic in making local needs known. From your local Boards of Selectmen and Town Administrators, to Police, Fire, and DPW personnel, everyone is talking about where the needs are and how we can work together to get that help to you. Your municipal officials are on top of this. Unquestionably.

And for our local utilities, Eversource has committed hundreds of crews will be on Cape over the next several hours. Executive VP Joe Nolan was at our meeting and committed to Dennis Chief of Police DiMatteo that there will be enough line crews and tree trucks here to create a “traffic jam”. National Grid’s Joe Newman reached out right away to me to make sure his crews had the latest information from County Emergency Management officials about where the needs are and to update me on repairs they were already involved in. This is, truly, an all hands on deck event.

Local EOCs (Emergency Operations Centers) are up and running in each Town. The Massachusetts State Police Troop D have committed a number of personnel to assist our communities in any way needed. Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) have leadership on site with our Barnstable County Emergency Management officials, who have the MACC (Multi-Agency Communications Center) in full operation. I’ve spoken with MassDOT officials who have pledged whatever assistance we need to help clear roads and assist recovery crews. Friends, it’s all working.

What we need now is you. We need you to check on your neighbors and make sure they are okay. We need you to please (pretty please) stay home and don’t go sightseeing the damage because the tree and power line crews need the roads as they work for us. We need you to please be patient because this whole event is going to take a few days until we are fully recovered. It’s going to require a lot of patience in a busy time when patience might be in short supply. Please. Let’s do this.

The emergency shelter IS open at Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School on Station Ave and staffed by some of the finest in our community. No reservations needed. Just show up and sign in. To your CERT Teams, American Red Cross volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare, and all the others working the shelter- THANK YOU. If you have an issue or need transport, please call your local emergency service providers. They will help you.

Lastly, thank you to Rebecca Hamlin for putting in the long hours and helping so much, including managing communications for our office from start to finish. And thank you to everyone we met today. When Lt Governor Polito, Rep Will Crocker, and I toured some neighborhoods heavily affected today, everyone had smiles and stories to tell. Despite the terrifying weather they had just been through, there were those smiles and great stories to tell. We are all lucky. No reported injuries. We will recover. Just please be patient and we will all get through this. Thank you.


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