Snow and Ice
you have an emergency
during a storm, please dial 911.
To report a downed power line, please dial 911.
To report a power outage, please dial 1-800-322-3223.
Non-emergency calls should be directed to the DPW Office 781-826-3189.
locate the nearest fire hydrant after a storm. Depending on the
amount of snow that is received, some hydrants may become buried. With
over 1,200 hydrants in town, we ask for your assistance in shoveling
out the hydrants after storms to ensure that the fire department won't
be delayed in finding them if necessary.
To ensure their safety, please keep children and pets back away from the streets when the Town's snow removal equipment is in your area.
For the current weather conditions and forecast please visit the National Weather Service page for Hanover: National Weather Service forecast - Hanover.
Snow and Ice Policy ManualThe DPW's snow and ice activities are driven by a written snow and ice plan. This plan describes the Town's goals, processes, and chain of accountability. The plan is revised annually based on discussions with stake holders, a review of the Town's goals, a review of previous year activities, and a review of the resources and technology that are available.
Click here for the 2015-2016 Hanover DPW Snow and Ice Manual (PDF)
2015-2016 Season Update
The DPW is actively handling winter events as they come up. We have purchased and received 2,500 tons of salt. The FY 16 appropriation for snow and ice is $387,000.
Our intention for this winter season is to provide updates on this web page as well as on the DPW's Twitter and Facebook pages during storm events. Major storms will likely see the same notices broadcast on the Town's Twitter and Facebook feeds. In addition to the past 12 years of history that we have posted below, our hope is to provide a storm by storm breakdown on this page as the season progresses. We ask for patience in this endeavor as our operations personnel are quite busy during events.Current Year Snow and Ice Activity
|Date of Event||Type of Event||Approximate Accumulation||Salt Tons Used||Liquid Deicer Gals Used||Approximate Storm Cost||Approximate Man-hours||Comments|
|12/29/15||Rain, wet snow, freezing rain||Dusting - 0.5 inch||112.1||$17,172||161||Placed a round of salt at 3:30 am and monitored roads. Plowed slush from roads|
|12/30/15||Icy road conditions||ice||82.8||$8,263||36||Placed a round of salt at 4:00 am and monitored roads|
|1/4/16||Ocean effect snow||Dusting - 1 inch||89.1||265||$8,508||31||Placed a round of salt at 2:00 pm and monitored roads|
|1/5/16||Ocean effect snow||spot ice||1.7||$360||2||Checked Town lots and facilities - minor treatment of school lots using the facility sander.|
|1/12/16||Heavy rain turnbing tio snow||less than 1 inch||84.5||465.1||$9,903||52||Heavy rain turning to snow. Placed a round of salt at 2:30 pm and monitored roads|
|1/13/16||Overnight flurries/frozen roads||Dusting||46||$4,594||17.5||Salted as needed with 5 trucks at 4:30 am|
|1/17/16 - 1/18/16||Snow||5.5 inches||235.1||400.85||$65,507||350.5||6 pm 1/17 called in salt truck operators. Town plows called in at 11 pm and contractors called in at midnight.. Operation completed at 12:30 pm|
|1/23/16 - 1/24/16||Snow||8 inches||224.2||870.6||$79,916||416.5
||8:30 am pretreated lots, 1:30 pm 1/23 called in salt truck operators. Town plows called in at 5:00 pm and contractors called in at 6:00 pm. Operation completed at 7:00 am 1/24|
|2/5/16||Wet Snow||7 inches||pending
||4:00 am storm managers in monitoring
conditions, 7:00 am salt trucks on the road , plowed all day - numerous
trees and limbs down, hampering the snow removal operation
|2/8/16 - 2/9/16||Blowing snow||10 inches||pending
||6:30 am pretreated subdivisions, plowed with
contractors. Snow tapered off overnight. Lingering flurries
made salt ineffective until about 2:30 am on 2/9, the closeout of
|2/15/16||Snow changing to rain||1 inch||pending
||6:30 pm treated main roads
|SEASON TOTALS||11 total events, 4 major plow events||34 inches||875.5||1,996.55||$194,223||1,565.5||Approximate Storm cost includes all expenses,
materials, contractors, employee straight time and overtime
town vehicle use cost.
The Town budgets $387,000 for snow and ice control. This budget covers the cost of chemicals, vehicle and equipment repairs, equipment rental (private contractors), and employee overtime associated with the snow and ice operation. Employee straight time is not captured by the snow and ice budget. The approximate storm cost in the table above includes snow and ice budget expenses as well as any employee straight time used to manage the storm. The DPW manages snow removal on all streets as well as in the parking lots and associated walkways at all town facilities. We present the approximate storm costs above to give the reader an appreciation of the level of effort required to manage winter weather revents.
Prior Year Snow and Ice History
|Fiscal year||Salt Tons||Salt Cost/Ton||Salting Runs||Plowable Storms||Budget||Total Expended|
|3-yr average (FY 12-14)||2,889||56.48||42||9||387,000||689,061|
|10-yr average (FY 05-14)||2,653||55.20||29||7||364,174||465,119|