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Posted on: January 8, 2018

Snow Emergency Updates & Flood Assistance Exploration

1/8/2018 - Last week’s snowstorm and accompanying storm surge was an unfortunate act of nature that resulted in widespread damage throughout Gloucester. This City, like others, requires that residents remove their cars from public streets prior to any storm or snow emergency for safety reasons.

For decades, recognizing that many residents do not have private off street parking, the City has offered off-street parking on public property much like we did last week at Gloucester High School. These offers were strictly optional and residents were free to make other arrangements.

Having said that, my administration recognizes that many are in need of assistance as a result of the damage caused by last week’s storm—specifically those who lost their cars due to the flooding of the High School parking lot. As a result, we will be taking the following actions:

• We have contacted the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and are working with them as they collect public damage information from all of the communities impacted in order to determine whether to request a presidential disaster declaration. While the probability of meeting the threshold for state or federal monetary reimbursement are low, a presidential declaration is necessary to lend direct assistance to the private sector;

• The City is willing to work with those who do not have comprehensive insurance to make arrangements for towing, storage and/or disposal of damaged cars; and

• My administration has reached out to several local/regional car dealerships and they have expressed a willingness to work with those negatively affected by last week’s flooding. Their name and contact information is as follows:

o Sudbay Family Automotive
- Kevin Barkhouse, Sales Manager
- 978-283-4730

o Lyon-Waugh Auto Group
- Cidalia Schwartz, Manager
- 978-532-8312

o Michaud Auto Group
- Kevin Michaud, Owner, or Zach Michaud, CEO
- 978-774-4040

o Village Auto Group
- Emilio LoCilento, General Sales Manager
- 978-624-4461

We will keep everyone updated as we find out more information, but please contact your insurance company and work with your Councilors and the Mayor's Office to see how we can best assist.

Thank you,
Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken
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