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UPDATE: 3/9/18 4:30 PM
National Grid have been working on the substations in town all day, and they stated they will continue to work throughout the night. The substation on the north side of town that powers about 1551 residents will be restored around 7pm tonight, with the feeders empowered that do not have additional issues. The substations in the south side of town which services about 4700 customers will be empowered tonight too. Again, those on feeders without issues may be empowered, but those with additional issues will be worked on tomorrow through Sunday. We are keeping the Senior Center open as a warming station for those wanting a meal, a hot drink and a warm place to visit. Please stay clear of any wires on the ground as once they energize circuits, these downed wires become live. Again, if you need emergency services, call 9-1-1, if you need other assistance, please call 978-399-2345. Thank you. Stay safe.
Jodi RossTown Manager
UPDATE: 3/9/18 2:30 PM
National Grid have provided a fact sheet about the extent of the damage, their efforts to restore service, FAQs and additional sources of information.
UPDATE: 3/9/18 10:50 AM
According to National Grid we have 5800 still without power, or 58% of our residences. They are working on the feeders today and are hopeful many residents will be restored today. I will update as I receive more information. Our Senior Center and Fletcher Library are open for warming and/or charging phones and laptops.
UPDATE: Trash and recycling pickup are both delayed by one day
Our town's public safety personnel have been very busy handling numerous emergencies and calls for assistance. Our roads are very dangerous with heavy snow laden branches overhanging our streets. There are wires down all over town. National Grid is estimating up to 72 hour power restoration. We are opening a warming shelter at the Senior Center by 2pm. Please come down for some coffee, tea, and nourishment. We will determine the need for an overnight shelter later this afternoon. If you need emergency assistance, please call 911, or for general assistance, please call 978-692-2161. If you can stay home, we highly recommend it. We had a cruiser crushed by a falling branch and we rescued a resident who was trapped under a downed tree. It is extremely dangerous out there. Stay safe.Jodi RossTown Manager