Whittenton Pond Dam On the Mill River In Taunton ARES/RACES SitRep #2

Hello to all….

….Amateur Radio Operators Continue to be Active in the city of Taunton due to the potential collapse of Whittenton Pond Dam on the Mill River in Taunton Massachusetts….
….Eastern Massachusetts ARES and Region II RACES Continues to monitor the situation….

The city of Taunton EOC and the Taunton High School shelter continue to be active in support of evacuees who have left their homes in the area near the Mill River in Taunton, Massachusetts. Amateur Radio Operators at the Taunton High School shelter and the Taunton EOC continued to be active throughout the night supporting shelter needs. The dam has continued to show signs of deterioration but has not failed as of yet. School has been cancelled in the city of Taunton and businesses in the downtown district have been closed. Road closures in Downtown Taunton have also occurred. A breach of the dam has not occurred as of yet. Operations continue on the 147.135-Taunton Repeater. N1UMJ-John, Bruce-NI1X, Carlos-WP4US, Don-KB1LXI along with other Amateurs of the city of Taunton continue to support operations. A complete list of Amateurs supporting the operation will be listed when a list is available. W1JOE-Joe from the Bridgewater ARES/RACES team left a mattress for an evacuee who needed it at the Taunton High School Shelter. Joe is also a certified cook and offered his services for the shelter in that capacity. The Bridgewater ARES/RACES team is preparing to back up the Taunton team as needed.

The latest information on this dam is contained in the NWS Taunton Massachusetts Flash Flood Warning statement. See the link below for the latest information:

Region II RACES Radio Officer, Bob Mims, WA1OEZ, South Shore ARES District Emergency Coordinator, Carl Aveni, N1FY, and Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, Rob Macedo, KD1CY are closely monitoring the situation in case additional support is needed. At this time, the Amateur Radio resources of the city of Taunton continue to handle the situation within their own resources. The situation will continue to be monitored and updates will be posted as needed.
Respectfully Submitted,

Robert Macedo (KD1CY)
ARES SKYWARN Coordinator
Eastern Massachusetts ARES Section Emergency Coordinator
Pager #: (508) 354-3142
Home Phone #: (508) 994-1875 (After 6 PM)
Home/Data #: (508) 997-4503 (After 6 PM)
Work Phone #: 1-800-445-2588 Ext.: 72929 (8 AM-5 PM)
Email Address: rmacedo@rcn.com

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