Snow and Ice


       If 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.

Please 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 Manual

The 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
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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
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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 operations.
2/15/16 Snow changing to rain 1 inch pending
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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, including materials, contractors,  employee straight time and overtime and 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
2004 4,554 31.77 20 3 215,000 223,403
2005 4,376 46.91 38 10 348,100 456,497
2006 3,025 46.91 21 3 285,743 284,788
2007 2,136 46.91 17 1 333,000 191,623
2008 2,430 52.65 28 5 342,000 331,109
2009 3,497 69.50 29 11 380,000 616,050
2010 2,505 69.50 31 9 380,000 403,712
2011 3,121 48.13 31 13 380,000 572,285
2012 1,147 48.90 8 2 380,000 184,439
2013 1,875 49.39 28 8 387,000 520,131
2014 3,426 49.39 49 7 387,000 687,000
2015 3,365 70.68 50 12 387,000 860,052
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