On May 15, 2020 section of Groton experienced a microburst created by a severe thunderstorm. While the storm was over in minutes, the damage created by the storm will create safety issues that could last for years. 

One particular issue to be cognizant of is the presence of broken, unfallen trees. Trees that became broken off in the storm at times will become suspended in the air by other trees. Trees that are suspended in this fashion are at risk of falling at a later time by high winds, snow and ice, or the decay process. These trees may fall without warning and may not make much, if any noise before landing.

The Town of Groton would like to remind all residents in the effected areas to carefully check their property for the existence of these silent killers. If conditions like this exist, contact a tree company to remove the hazard as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please contact Fire Chief Steele McCurdy at 978-448-6333.

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The Groton Police Department has installed an On-Line safe zone in the parking lot in front of its facility at 99 Pleasant Street for those who want to make online transactions in person in a safe place.

The hope is that this “On-Line exchange safety zone” will provide a well-lit, camera-monitored place for people to make property exchanges and online sales transactions.  For example, if someone were to purchase something on Craigslist they would have a safe place to exchange money for whatever they are purchasing.

“We initially learned about the exchange zones from various national media sources around the country, and decided a similar zone for our citizens would aid in their safety and protection,” said Chief of Police Donald Palma.  “If someone is not willing to meet you at the police station to transfer property for money, you probably don’t want to be doing business with them.”

“We are seeing more and more safety zones being designated at other law enforcement facilities and I think that this is a great resource for our citizens,” he added. The locations could also be used for child custody exchanges as well.


Chief Michael Luth of the Groton Police Department would like to remind the residents and visitors of Groton that the Winter Parking Regulations will be going into effect.  Article IV, Section 5 of the Town By-Laws prohibits parking on any public way for more than one (1) hour between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6 a.m. from November 15th to April 15th.  Offenders will be issued parking tickets.

The Groton Police Department and Highway Department thank you for your cooperation.

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