|Michael S. Dukakis
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Whereas, on November 10, 1982, a tanker lost control and collided with the Chelsea Street Bridge, a bascule span over the Chelsea Creek in Boston which provides for direct passage between the cities of Boston and Chelsea; and
Whereas, the resulting damage to said Bridge was so severe as to render it inoperable; and
Whereas, this catastrophic failure has resulted in the severe and critical disruption of the passage of public safety vehicles, i.e. fire, police, and ambulance, between the cities of Boston and Chelsea; and
Whereas, many oil tankers servicing the fuel needs of the two cities require the operation of said Bridge; and
Whereas, the loss of the use of said Bridge has created a most severe economic hardship to these two communities and the surrounding area.
Now, therefore, I, Michael S. Dukakis, Governor, acting pursuant to the powers vested in me as supreme executive magistrate under the Massachusetts Constitution, and including without limitation, section 13-5, thereof hereby proclaim and declare the existence of a state of emergency at the site of the Chelsea Street Bridge.
Given under the seal of Commonwealth by me at 4 P.M. January 20, 1983, and filed herewith the Secretary of the Commonwealth.
Michael S. Dukakis, Governor
Michael Joseph Connolly
Secretary of State