Mayor Walsh says 'Boston is prepared' - WHDH-TV 7News Boston

Mayor Walsh says 'Boston is prepared'

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New England’s third storm of the new year and the second for Boston’s new mayor, Marty Walsh.

Mayor Walsh joined 7News via phone to talk about storm preparation for Boston.

“We have right now in the city about 500 pieces of equipment, plows and sanders operating at 85% capacity which we could ramp up to 100% if need be. We have plenty of salt and sand on hand to get through the storm as well as the weekend’s potential storm. We're in good shape there,” said Walsh.

Walsh also said that he’s asked the city to take public transportation when possible to keep the streets as clear as possible for snow plows.

“We seem to be in good shape as far as being prepared. Now we just got stay ahead of this storm,” said Walsh.

There was a little bit of criticism for Walsh on how the last storm was handled when schools were closed the day before. Walsh said it was the right move to make and the right move to make again.

“Some of it is so parents can make plans. This storm, it's right in the middle of rush hour. It's going to be the heaviest part of the storm so we don't want 700 buses with kids out there on them. I'm always go to go on the side of safety regardless of what happens. The last storm it was cold, it was a little icy and all we needed was one bus to get into an accident. I'm not putting kids' safety in jeopardy,” said Walsh.

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