City offices closed at 1; mayor keeping an eye on high tide tonight

Most city businesses appear to be closed on this snowy Thursday. City offices, including the library, closed to the public at 1 p.m., and Mayor Ben Blake said officials are keeping an eye on the high tide tonight.

Rain is starting to make the snow quite heavy for shovelers, and city plows have been out clearing the roads of about eight inches of new snow.

The city used up several of its storm related accounts before this storm hit, Mayor Blake said, noting that there are accounts for ice removal, sand and overtime for plowers.

However, $225,000 in money from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is available to continue storm cleanup efforts. There is also money from the state for town road aid that can be used, Blake said.

A good portion of local businesses closed Thursday. Even Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks were closed. In downtown, the Seven Seas was opened, and owner Rich Smith was outside clearing the sidewalk in front of the business at about 1:30 p.m.

Blake said the city is somewhat concerned about high tide tonight, which he said is at about 10:30 p.m. The city warning system will be activated to alert people in low-lying areas to the potential for flooding, he said.

Milford schools were scheduled to be closed Friday for a long holiday weekend. So the storm did not affect the school schedule beyond Thursday, when all schools closed due to the storm.