Storm Bringing Snow and Rain; Clean Catch Basins and Watch Roofs


Light snowfall is expected to start Saturday afternoon before turning to rain that is expected to last up to 12 hours into Sunday. Officials are worried about the amount of water that will be produced between the rain and large amounts of melting snow. In an effort to help prevent flooding, residents are encouraged to help shovel out catch basins before the rain comes in. Find catch basins near your home to help out!

In addition to the effort to prevent flooding, Mayor Marty Walsh is warning residents of additional winter weather, asking residents to check their roofs and be cautious of problems brought on by the heavy amount of snow. As if the snow, rain and wintry mix wasn’t enough, another round of bitterly cold air is expected Monday night through Tuesday morning.

Property owners are asked being asked to:

  • Safely remove snow from porches and decks
  • Safely remove ice dams from gutters
  • Clear downspouts
  • Check for water stains or moisture in the attic or ceiling walls.
  • Hire a contractor to remove snow/ice from your roof and all other areas you cannot reach

With the record amount of snowfall, Mayor Walsh wants to remind residents to be cautious of roofing contractor scams. A legitimate roofing company should be able to provide the following:

  • Local references and roofing testimonials
  • Business License
  • Roofing credentials
  • Workers compensation insurance
  • General liability insurance
  • Written manufacturer warranties
  • Written labor warranties
City of Boston inspectors are patrolling Boston neighborhoods warning property owners of potential ice and/or snow hazards.  Inspectors are knocking on doors and informing property owners that their property has been identified as having an excessive amount of snow and/or ice buildup which could create damage and become a serious hazard. Inspectors are also distributing an informational flyer regarding the impact of the excessive snow and/or ice.
For more information regarding snow removal or ice dams call the Inspectional Services Department at 617-635-5300, or after 4:00 p.m. should contact the Mayors 24 hour hotline at 617-635-4500.