Recent Storm Damage Posts

Flash Flooding in Massachusetts

2/18/2020 (Permalink)

With spring approaching us fast, so are the rains that come with it. Yes we may like the warmer (ish) weather that comes in the spring, some of us might not be in favor of all that rain, and sometimes flooding. 

What is flooding?

Flooding is an excess amount of water onto land that’s normally dry, according to the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL). Floods occur when waves come onto the shore, snow melts too fast, or when dams break. Flooding can happen with as little as a few inches of water, but can be as extreme as covering an entire house.

Flash floods are the most dangerous kind of floods because they combine the dangers of a regular flood with high speeds and destruction.

Flash floods occur when an abundance of water fills normally dry areas such as river beds, as well as normal flowing creeks, causing the water to rapidly rise in a short amount of time. Flash floods usually happen with little to no warning.

Floods can happen anywhere in the country and they are a threat anywhere it rains. 

Areas at high risk for flash floods

Densely populated areas: This is because of all of the buildings, highways, parking lots, decrease the amount of rain absorbed into the ground, which causes runoff. The runoff can increase the potential of flash flooding.

During heavy, heavy rain, storm drains can become overflowed and flood roads and buildings. During this time it is very dangerous to be in a basement or underground parking garage.

Areas near bodies of water: areas along rivers and creaks are more at risk because, as stated above, excess water can fill them up and cause the waters to rise within minutes and cause flooding.

Melting snow can cause flash floods as well. When snow melts it can cause runoff, and when you add in spring rains AND snow melting, the risk for flash flooding increases. Melting snow and rain waters can enter streams, lift the ice, and create dams. This will cause the water to find other ways to flow, and it will be fast!

What is the difference between flash flood warning and flash flood watch?

If you hear or see on the news that there is a flash flood warning, flash flooding is occurring or is very likely. Flash flooding can happen in areas where rain is not coming down.

Flood warning: a flood warning is issued when flooding is already occurring or is about to happen.

Flood watch: issued when conditions are suitable for flooding. A flood watch does not mean that flooding will absolutely happen, but is possible.

Flood advisory: issued when flooding is not expected to be terrible enough to issue a warning, but the weather might cause slight inconveniences.

Even if you aren’t in an area where heavy rains are occurring, you might still be at risk for flash flooding. Always pay attention to the news, or the alerts sent to your phone and take them seriously!! Floods can cause serious injury, and even be fatal.

If you suffer from damage to your home or commercial business due to storm related events, call us at (508) 223-0505, we’ll make it

“Like it never even happened.”

For more information about flooding, the dangers, and how to be prepared, visit https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood-watch-warning and https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/floods/  

Protecting your Dighton business from flood damage.

12/17/2019 (Permalink)

When a storm hits, there’s a possibility of it flooding your business, always be prepared and remember to call us! (508) 223-0505.

Whether you have run your business for 50 years or 2 years, flood damage is the last thing you want! Every business and home is susceptible to flooding, even if it’s nowhere near a body of water. Your business and appliances can easily be ruined and leaving you and your employees wondering what to do now.

Flooding can occur anywhere. Flooding is usually caused by extreme precipitation. You may think if your business is not in a “high risk” flood area, you shouldn’t be insured against flood damage, but that is a very good thing to consider looking into. Commercial flood insurance can make a difference between re-opening or closing down ?

Protecting your small Dighton business:

  • Have a business continuity plan. This is a strategy for recovering your business in the event of a disaster. An effective plan builds upon:
    • Identify your risks or threats
    • Identify critical business functions and processes & resources needed for them.
      • Answering phones
      • Running equipment
    • Adopt controls to prevent or reduce a disasters impact on your business.
      • Keep paper copies of digital files elsewhere.
    • Test your plan

Click here for more information about business continuity planning.

  • Purchase flood insurance. Most standard business insurance policies do not cover flood damage. Purchasing flood insurance if you are not in a high-risk area could cause you less than if you were.
  • Prepare your property.
    • Basements are very vulnerable to flood damage.
      • Fill any cracks on the walls.
      • Make the landscape such so that water runs away from the building.
      • Install a sump pump (if you haven’t already)
      • Move equipment, documents, inventory… to a higher location other than the basement.

Flooding is a huge challenge that small business owners face. But, by taking proactive measures, you can minimize any potential damage that may occur. 

If your Dighton business suffers from flood, storm, or water damage, call us 24/7 at (508) 223-0505 and visit our website for more information and tips.

SERVPRO of the Attleboros is proud to serve our local communities and small businesses

Hurricane Dorian

9/3/2019 (Permalink)

east coast map showing Hurricane Dorian's path Hurricane Dorian's path

Hurricane Dorian is remaining stationary over the Bahamas, greatly impacting the area and destroying homes and infrastructure. Later tonight and this week Dorian will continue movement up the coast but remaining offshore. Flooding is expected for Georgia and the Carolina's. If you are in these affected areas please seek safety, as officials have announced mandatory evacuations in certain areas. Flooding is a major issue, and that’s why we’re here to help during your disaster. SERVPRO is available for storm and flood restoration around the clock with over 1700 franchises nationwide.

If your home or business is suffering from excessive rainfall and flooding, give SERVPRO of The Attleboros a call at 508-223-0505 or visit our website: https://www.SERVPROtheattleboros.com/storm-flooding-restoration

1st Confirmed Tornado of 2019 - Washington County, Maine

8/15/2019 (Permalink)

Maine has seen its first tornado of the 2019 year. Usually they get about a few tornadoes each year. A couple hours ago there were reports of an EF1 tornado touching Washington County. The tornado hit two areas at about 5:40PM. It ventured about a half mile.

Tornadoes are not as common as storms, but can still leave a lot of damage and debris behind, which is why we offer tree removal and building services. In fact, most deaths and injuries occur from flying debris. It is important to seek shelter in a structurally-secure building. SERVPRO of The Attleboros services include installing roof tarps, board-ups, tree removal, roofing services, general contracting, and installing temporary fencing to keep your residential or commercial business safe.

For more information on tornadoes in Maine, visit this resource of the Stats from Maine Emergency Management Agency. This tornado in Maine damaged trees and left rubble in it's path, so SERVPRO of The Attleboros can clean that up if anything like that happens at or near your Attleboro, Seekonk, or Norton home.

For pictures and more info:

https://www.wmtw.com/article/first-confirmed-tornado-of-year-in-maine/28707325

Hurricane Barry - Don't let Your Attleboro Business Flood

7/17/2019 (Permalink)

Call SERVPRO of The Attleboros to mitigate any-size storm damage - 508-223-0505

Flooding as a result of storm damage can be detrimental for a business and their hours of operation. 

Hurricane Barry is the headliner of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The Tropical Storm recently landed in Louisiana. 

Key Facts:

  • Hurricane Barry is expected to weaken as time passes.
  • Rain is the biggest issue. Downfalls are expected, causing a huge threat to homes and businesses. Use caution in the case of flooding.
  • Most of the storm is in the Gulf of mexico right now.
  • Some places in Louisiana have ordered a mandatory evacuation.

As a reminder to business owners and home owners - flood insurance is very important. Don't wait until a flood happens, because flooding can happen anywhere in the United States. No state is immune. SERVPRO of The Attleboros offers Emergency Services for any-size flooding disaster in your home or business. We take pride in our commercial services.

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Source: https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/tropical-storm-barry-saturday-2019-intl/index.html

Storms on This Week's Forecast - Attleboro, MA

6/24/2019 (Permalink)

Weekly Forecast for Attleboro, MA

According the Weather Channel, this week looks, for the most part decent in Attleboro, MA and nearby areas like South Attleboro and Dodgeville. However, tomorrow (Tuesday June 25th) is expected to thunderstorm for most of the day. We're also expecting some thunderstorms. Day that are mostly sunny are within the 80-88° range, so other than those stormy days, we should be seeing a beautiful week of sunshine. As always, Massachusetts and New England as a whole can be subject to unpredictable weather conditions. it is important to be aware of when rain showers because flash floods may occur, leaving your business and home in inhabitable conditions. Read our previous blog post on Storm Tips & Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Monday: Mostly sunny 

Tuesday: Showers 

Wednesday: Mostly Sunny

Thursday: Mostly Sunny

Friday: Mostly Sunny

Saturday: PM Thunderstorms

Sunday: PM Thunderstorms 

Attleboro's Sandy & Storm Tips for Businesses

6/5/2019 (Permalink)

Sandy and Storm tips

SERVPRO of The Attleboros specializes in disaster cleanup + restoration, mold remediation, bio-remediation, building services, carpet cleaning and more. We have the most advanced equipment to get any cleaning or restoration job done quickly and correctly. It is always our #1 priority to make customers happy with our services.

Back in October 2012...

Hurricane Sandy took the east coast by surprise, being more devastating than anyone has expected. It started as a Depression in the Caribbean Sea and proceeded North, turning into a Category 1 Hurricane. Sandy went down to a depression again but then picked right back up to a first category. Due to a cold front coming, Sandy became a hybrid of two storms, which caused media outlets to dub it,“Frankenstorm”. 

Sandy pummeled New England states including Massachusetts, largely due to the fact that people were ill-prepared and unaware of how bad it was. 

Businesses must have flood insurance for this very reason. Many businesses in northern states were destroyed during Sandy because business and commercial property owners assumed a storm would never reach. No matter where you're located in the, anything can happen even if storm's and flooding in a particular area is uncommon.

Think: How many uncommon and unpredictable things happen on a daily basis in our lives?

Last;y, if you're experiencing Storm damage or flooding, call SERVPRO of The Attleboros at 508-223-0505!

Advanced Technology When Storms Strike in Attleboro

5/28/2019 (Permalink)

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Hurricane Sandy was detrimental to Rhode Island, CT, MA, and other areas within the United States. There were about 149 reported fatalities due to this super storm that hit us in the fall of 2012. Millions upon millions were without power for days on end. If you remember this time, you would know how stressful things were and how on-edge people were (because nowadays we NEED the internet and WiFi to survive, don't we?). For more information on the cause/effects of Hurricane Sandy, go to National Geographic.

We at SERVPRO of the Attleboros wanted to take the time and give you guys the rundown of the storm damage technology we're working with.

Advanced Technology

  • Electronic & Accurate Moisture detection equipment  - When a storm damages parts of your home or business, it is important to assess the situation and look for any "hidden" moisture, or wetness that is not visible. There can be moisture in the walls, ceilings, furniture, and hard-wood floors (which act as a "sponge" for soaking up water). Moisture detection is done by means of electrodes. These devices were created to be extremely accurate when detecting water.
  • Water Extraction Equipment - To dry the area faster, water extraction equipment is important. The Attleboro basement might be flooded, so a means of getting that water out makes for a more effective and faster drying process. 
  • Industrial Strength Air-Movers + Dehumidifiers  - These will let the moisture evaporate fast and easy. They're portable and able to cover any size area in your home or commercial property.
  • Note: Air-Scrubbers + Thermal Foggers might be needed to deodorize and rid the home of any lingering odors caused by moisture. 

In addition to our technology, we have a highly trained team ready to repair.

Encountering storm damage or water damage? Call SERVPRO of the Attleboros now at 508-223-0505 and our dependable team will be there to fix it, "Like it never even happened." 

Storm Damage in Seekonk, MA

3/13/2019 (Permalink)

Here at SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we are a trusted leader in the restoration industry. We have a number of disaster recovery services that we tailor due to the type of a disaster. Our  technicians respond quickly and are trained in a number of different fields to get the job done both quickly and effectively.

Our residential services include, but are not limited to:

  • Water Damage Restoration
  • Fire Damage Restoration 
  • Mold Remediation
  • Storm Damage Restoration
  • Cleaning Services
  • Building Services

If you have any questions regarding our residential services, please visit our website.

When disaster strikes your place of business, we understand how much of a bother this can be to you, your staff, and your productivity. We are a restoration company and devote our time and work to disaster recovery and restoration. We understand that every hour lost cleaning up is an hour of lost revenue and productivity. SERVPRO of The Attleboros provides professional cleaning and emergency restoration services to get your business running smoothly again.

Our commercial services include, but are not limited to:

  • Commercial Water Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Fire Damage Restoration
  • Commercial Mold Remediation
  • Commercial Cleaning Services
  • Commercial Storm and Major Events

SERVPRO of The Attleboros is ready 24/7, 365 days a year. We understand that a disaster has the ability to strike at any moment, and that is why we make our crews available to you and your family in any time of need.

If you have any questions or would like to inquire about our services, please visit our website  (mentioned above), or give us a call at (508) 223-0505!

When a Storm Hits, We're Ready!

8/23/2018 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of The Attleboros specializes in storm and flood damage restoration. Our crews are highly trained and we use specialized equipment to restore your property to its pre-storm condition.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Faster Response

Since we are locally owned and operated, we are able to respond quicker with the right resources, which is extremely important. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces the restoration cost.

Resources to Handle Floods and Storms

When storms hit, we can scale our resources to handle a large storm or flooding disaster. We can access equipment and personnel from a network of 1,700 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Teams.

Have storm or flood damage? Call us today at (508) 234-3399!

Coastal Flooding Information

7/17/2018 (Permalink)

Coastal/Lakeshore Flood Warning

Flooding that will pose a serious threat to life and property is occurring, imminent, or highly likely. Coastal/Lakeshore Flood Warnings are issued using the Coastal/Lakeshore Hazard Message (CFW) product.

Coastal/Lakeshore Flood Watch

Flooding with significant impact is possible. Coastal/Lakeshore Flood Watches are issued using the Coastal/Lakeshore Hazard Message (CFW) product.

River Flood Statement

This product issued by the local National Weather Service Forecast office (NWFO) to update and expand the information in the River Flood Warning. This statement may be used in lieu of a warning if flooding is forecasted, imminent, or existing and it presents no threat to life or property. The statement will also be used to terminate a River Flood Warning.

River Flood Warning

Flooding is defined as the inundation of normally dry areas as a result of increased water levels in an established water course. The flood warning normally specifies crest information. It usually occurs 6 hours or later after the causative event and it is usually associated with widespread heavy rain and/or snow melt or ice jams.

Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory

The advisory alerts the public to flooding which is generally only as an inconvenience (not life-threatening) to those living in the affected area. Issued when heavy rain will cause flooding of streets and low-lying places in urban areas. Also used if small rural or urban streams are expected to reach or exceed bankfull. Some damage to homes or roads could occur. 

If you have any questions, please visit our website or give us a call at 508-223-0505. 

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Storm Preparedness - Southeastern Massachusetts

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

How quickly could your home or business get back on its feet if a tornado, flood, fire, or another natural disaster struck? No matter how unlikely it may seem, disasters happen everyday. True preparedness means being ready for any emergency.

SERVPRO of the Attleboros would like to encourage you to prepare for the worst. Business continuity and preparedness can be very complicated and stressful. Contact us for any additional information and we would love to provide you with any resources that can help you in your time of need. Our resources include residential and commercial preparedness plan information, family and business communication plans, home and workplace emergency contact cards, as well as emergency supply checklists.

Our representatives are available 24 hours, 365 days a year. Don't let Mother Nature catch you off guard! Stay prepared this summer season!

Document Drying - Post Storm Damage

6/21/2018 (Permalink)

Concerned that your documents may be lost forever after a major storm? Have no fear! Here at SERVPRO of The Attleboros, we have state-of-the-art technology that can restore your damaged documents after a storm!

Inventory

We bar-code every box using the iCat system, allowing us to know the location of any box in our facility at any time. All documents are inventoried at the location of the loss prior to packaging.

Drying

Process in which an item containing moisture is frozen and dried using various vacuums and pressures to achieve sublimation.

Decontamination/Gamma

High-energy photons are emitted from an isotope source (Cobalt 60) producing ionization (electron disruptions) throughout a product. In living cells, these disruptions result in damage to the DNA and other cellular structures. These photon-induced changes at the molecular level cause the death of the organism or render the organism incapable of reproduction. The gamma process does not create residuals or impart radioactivity in processed products.

Gamma Irradiation is a process that is used for cleaning/disinfecting and decontaminating documents or other consumer goods.

In a Category 3 situation (sewage or flood water), documents are not only deteriorating but are also infected with all types of bacteria. As you all know in most storm situations you are dealing with CAT 3 water, therefore most of the affected documents that you will encounter will be contaminated; if this is the case than de-contamination is always a must.

Cleaning

We will go through each box page by page to wipe down and remove dirt, soot, or other contaminants. We have 3 levels of cleaning based on the type of soiling, and how heavy it is.

Deodorizing

Many times documents that have been affected will hold residual smells of contaminants, or mildew, and should be deodorized before being returned to your client.

Digitizing

With the new age of technology, digitizing records and documents has become a standard practice in most industries. This eliminates the need to have massive file storage rooms and allows us to access records at the click of a button. if your file room was damaged by water, or smoke, and needed to be cleaned, dried, or decontaminated, digitizing might be a good choice to eliminate the need to have 100's or even 1000's of documents and records in storage.

Certified Destruction

Often times facilities will have documents they no longer need to hold on to and would simply like to have them disposed of properly.

The Basics of a Thunderstorm

3/29/2018 (Permalink)

A severe thunderstorm is a storm that produces a tornado, reaching winds of at least 58 mph, and or hail at least 3/4 inches in diameter. Structural wind damage may imply the occurrence of a severe thunderstorm. When a thunderstorm's wind gust(s) is equal to or greater than 40 mph, it is defined as approaching "severe."

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

This is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch area. The size of the watch can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of four to eight hours. They are typically issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review safety rules and be prepared to move into a place of safety is threatening weather approaches.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning 

This is issued when either a severe thunderstorm is indicated by the WSR 88D radar or a spotter reports a thunderstorm producing hail 3/4 inch or larger in diameter and or winds equal or exceed 59 miles an hour; therefore, people int he affected area should seek safe shelter immediately. Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes with little or no advance warning. Lightning frequency is not a criterion for issuing a severe thunderstorm warning. They are usually issued for a duration of one hour. They can even be issued without a Severe Thunderstorm Watch being already in effect. 

If your home suffers any damage from a thunderstorm, please give us a call at (508) 223-0505.

SERVPRO Baton Rouge Flood Cleanup

8/24/2016 (Permalink)

On the way to help in Baton Rouge!

Team green rolling into Baton Rouge, here to help those in need. #SERVPROCares — at I-12 Baton Rouge.

After the flood, cleanup needs to start right away!

Related Storm Services

Storm and flood damage can be devastating. Immediate action is needed, and you need the company with storm damage experience. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have the expertise and the resources to handle any size disaster and can respond immediately to storm and flooding conditions.

Have Storm or Flood Damage? Call us Today at 508-223-0505!

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Why Choose SERVPRO of The Attleboros Franchise Professional?

Faster to Any Size Disaster

SERVPRO of The Attleboros Franchise Professionals are dedicated to responding immediately to water and storm damage emergencies. A fast response lessens the damage, limits further damage, and reduces cost.

Trained Water Damage Specialists

They specialize in water and storm damage restoration, the cornerstone of our business. SERVPRO Franchise Professionals have extensive water damage restoration training that enables them to get you back to normal.

  • Water Damage Restoration Technician
  • Applied Structural Drying Technicians

We Have the Resources to Handle Storms and Disasters

SERVPRO of The Attleboros Franchise Professionals have a national network of over 1,650 Franchises across the country and elite Disaster Recovery Team strategically located throughout the country.

Regardless of the Storm Damage, We Can Help!

Storms occur with little warning and can be especially devastating, so you’ll need the company that you can trust to rise to the occasion. Regardless of the type of storm, SERVPRO Franchise Professionals can handle any size disaster. During catastrophic storms and major events, our Disaster Recovery Team can respond quickly with additional resources.

  • Flooding caused by heavy rains
  • Hurricanes and tidal surges
  • Tornados and wind damage
  • Ice and snowstorms
  • Wild fires 

Lightning Myths & Facts - National Weather Service

6/16/2016 (Permalink)

Myth: If you're caught outside during a thunderstorm, you should crouch down to reduce your risk of being struck.

Fact: Crouching doesn't make you any safer outdoors. Run to a substantial building or hard-topped vehicle. If you are too far to run to one of these options, you have no good alternative. You are NOT safe anywhere outdoors. See our safety page for tips that may slightly reduce your risk.

Myth: Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Fact: Lightning often strikes the same place repeatedly, especially if it’s a tall, pointy, isolated object. The Empire State Building is hit nearly 100 times a year.

Myth: If it’s not raining or there aren’t clouds overhead, you’re safe from lightning.

Fact: Lightning often strikes more than three miles from the center of the thunderstorm, far outside the rain or thunderstorm cloud. “Bolts from the blue” can strike 10-15 miles from the thunderstorm.

Myth: Rubber tires on a car protect you from lightning by insulating you from the ground.

Fact: Most cars are safe from lightning, but it is the metal roof and metal sides that protect you, NOT the rubber tires. Remember, convertibles, motorcycles, bicycles, open-shelled outdoor recreational vehicles and cars with fiberglass shells offer no protection from lightning. When lightning strikes a vehicle, it goes through the metal frame into the ground. Don't lean on doors during a thunderstorm.

Myth: A lightning victim is electrified. If you touch them, you’ll be electrocuted.

Fact: The human body does not store electricity. It is perfectly safe to touch a lightning victim to give them first aid. This is the most chilling of lightning Myths. Imagine if someone died because people were afraid to give CPR!

Myth: If outside in a thunderstorm, you should seek shelter under a tree to stay dry.

Fact: Being underneath a tree is the second leading cause of lightning casualties. Better to get wet than fried!

Myth: If you are in a house, you are 100% safe from lightning.

Fact: A house is a safe place to be during a thunderstorm as long as you avoid anything that conducts electricity. This means staying off corded phones, electrical appliances, wires, TV cables, computers, plumbing, metal doors and windows. Windows are hazardous for two reasons: wind generated during a thunderstorm can blow objects into the window, breaking it and causing glass to shatter and second, in older homes, in rare instances, lightning can come in cracks in the sides of windows.

Myth: If thunderstorms threaten while you are outside playing a game, it is okay to finish it before seeking shelter.

Fact: Many lightning casualties occur because people do not seek shelter soon enough. No game is worth death or life-long injuries. Seek proper shelter immediately if you hear thunder. Adults are responsible for the safety of children.

Myth: Structures with metal, or metal on the body (jewelry, cell phones,Mp3 players, watches, etc), attract lightning.

Fact: Height, pointy shape, and isolation are the dominant factors controlling where a lightning bolt will strike. The presence of metal makes absolutely no difference on where lightning strikes. Mountains are made of stone but get struck by lightning many times a year. When lightning threatens, take proper protective action immediately by seeking a safe shelter – don’t waste time removing metal. While metal does not attract lightning, it does conduct it so stay away from metal fences, railing, bleachers, etc.

Myth: If trapped outside and lightning is about to strike, I should lie flat on the ground.

Fact: Lying flat increases your chance of being affected by potentially deadly ground current. If you are caught outside in a thunderstorm, you keep moving toward a safe shelter.

Myth: lightning flashes are 3-4 km apart.

Fact: Old data said successive flashes were on the order of 3-4 km apart. New data shows half the flashes are about 9 km apart. The National Severe Storms Laboratory report concludes: "It appears the safety rules need to be modified to increase the distance from a previous flash which can be considered to be relatively safe to at least 10 to 13 km (6 to 8 miles). In the past, 3 to 5 km (2-3 miles) was as used in lightning safety education." Source: Separation Between Successive Lightning Flashes in Different Storms Systems: 1998, Lopez & Holle, from Proceedings 1998 Intl Lightning Detection Conference, Tucson AZ, November 1998.

For more information, please give us a call @ 508-223-0505 or visit our website

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