Swampscott 'Hercules' Storm Information Center

Stay up to date with the latest on the storm and share what you know with your neighbors.

Swampscott firefighters at scene of crash, Jan. 2, 2014. Credit: Stevie Black
Swampscott firefighters at scene of crash, Jan. 2, 2014. Credit: Stevie Black
Friday, Jan. 3

2:07 p.m.,
and also some video giving an indication as to why the roads were closed. http://bit.ly/1l7zIXg

2:06 p.m.,
here's the rundown on road closures. http://bit.ly/1l7zIXg

11:06 a.m.,
reports that DPW is blocking off Atlantic Avenue near Preston Beach due to road flooding. 

10:08 a.m., 
Massachusetts Trial Court will remain closed statewide throughout the day on Friday, Jan. 3rd.   Snow volume, high winds and severe temperatures, and road conditions make it advisable to remain closed for the safety of the public and court staff. Emergency matters can be addressed through the Judicial Response system which typically operates outside of normal court hours.

9:40 a.m., the fire department responded to accidents on Thursdya but no storm-related problems overnight. http://bit.ly/1euScfe

9:37 a.m.,
water and sewer lines are holding out, http://bit.ly/1euScfe

9:24 a.m.,
DPW Director Gino Cresta reports that the roads are in decent shape and the crews are inc lean-up mode. It looks like the town got about 14 inches of snow. http://bit.ly/1euScfe

Thursday, Jan. 2

8:48 p.m.,
George Allen, who operates a weather center at his home and tracks wind, temperature and numeorus other patterns noted something interesting between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday. The temperature dropped about 15 degrees, from 22 to 7, as the wind shifted from NE to North.

7:54 p.m., some tranquil moments from the storm on Thursday afternoon. http://bit.ly/KlRgRy

5:19 p.m.,
blizzard warning in effect for Essex County. http://bit.ly/1ixcjOZ

4:17 p.m., 
the Massachusetts Trial Court closed courthouses statewide at 3 p.m. on January 2nd, and will delay opening on Friday, January 3rd in all counties until noon.  An assessment for Friday afternoon operations will be made in the morning.  No first-day jurors are scheduled to report on Friday.

3:52 p.m.,
Town Hall closed today at 3:30 p.m. and will remain closed Friday due to the snowstorm. http://bit.ly/1aro0P7

3:50 p.m.,
the governor has closed state offices and urges people to saty off roads. http://bit.ly/1arnH7b

Updated at 10:28 a.m.:
Here's a photo from the crash scene on Atlantic Avenue, plus a thank you to the Fire Department for their quick response.

Updated at 10:21 a.m.:
Rough going reported on Atlantic Avenue. An accident reported by the temple.

No school in Swampscott Thursday and Friday.

Forecasters are predicting more than a foot of snow by the time the storm ends on Friday. 

Stay with Patch for the latest with the storm. We will update this post throughout the storm with information, such as road conditions, accidents and power outages.

See a tree down in your neighborhood? Notice a road is icy? Just saw a store clerk put out more snow melt products? Please use this story on Swampscott Patch to help out your neighbors.

Swampscott Patch is all about connecting neighbors and helping neighbors so we hope you’ll find this information hub helpful during the storm. 


In an emergency, always call 911. A call from a landline in the town will go directly to the police station. 

For non-emergency police or fire issues or problems:


  • In an emergency, dial 911
  • Police Department: 781-595-1111
  • Fire Department: 781-595-4050
  • Public Works Department:
  • National Grid gas emergencies: 800-233-5325
  • Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278)
  • Verizon: 1-800-VERIZON (1-800-837-4966)
  • RCN: 1-866-TECH-RCN (1-866-832-4726) 
  • MBTA Swampscott station: Service updates

Personal numbers

Some other numbers you may want to have include your insurance agent, your doctor and your vet.

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Buzz January 03, 2014 at 05:09 PM
Hercules? What's up with this name?


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