Request #19-160

Under the Massachusetts Public Records Act § 66-10 et seq., I am requesting a list of all complaints filed with municipal departments related to flooding for the past 10 years.

Specifically, I am requesting the following information:

  • The date of the complaints

  • Description of the complaints

  • Locations of flooding mentioned in the complaints

  • Department that received the complaints

  • Description of response to the complaints

I am requesting this list be sent to me by email in a machine-readable, CSV format.

If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me.  However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information is in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of flooding in the area. This information is not being sought for commercial purposes and will be used in a piece I’m writing for the MetroWest Daily News.

The Massachusetts Public Records Act requires a response to this request within 10 days.  If access to the records I am requesting will take longer than this amount of time, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies or the ability to inspect the requested records. My email address is and my phone number is 774-276-7511.

If you deny any or all of this request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.

Thank you for considering my request.


Cesareo Contreras
Reporter, The MetroWest Daily News



October 10, 2019 via email


Public Works


Cesareo Contreras






Point of Contact

Doug Small

Request Closed   Hide Public

There are no records responsive to your request.  I have checked with both the Ashland Fire Department as well as the Department of Public Works and there have been no incidents.  Tara

October 16, 2019, 10:10am
Department Assignment Public
Public Works
October 10, 2019, 1:50pm
Request Opened Public
Request received via email
October 10, 2019, 1:50pm