(UPDATED) Hurricane Sandy: Tewksbury Info Center
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Closings and Cancellations for Monday, Oct. 29
- All Senior Center activities are cancelled. The center itself, however, is open.
- All Tewksbury Public Schools are closed.
- All TMHS athletic events for today are postponed.
- Logan Airport in Boston has cancelled around 700 inbound and outbound flights. If you were planning to travel, you will want to check with your airline.
- MBTA is shutting down service as of 2 p.m.
- Heathbrook Halloween Event that was scheduled today has been postponed.
- Burlington Mall is closing at noon today, Monday, October 29
- Tewksbury Public Library closing at 2 p.m.
- Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt is closed until at least Tuesday.
- John Ryan's Pubs is closed until at least Tuesday
Tewksbury Public Safety Contact Phone Numbers:
Fire Department: 978-640-4410
Police Department: 978-851-7373
Department of Public Works: 978-640-4440 -- For any emergencies after 4:30 PM, please call the Police Department at 978-851-7373. This procedure is for emergencies only.
National Grid Power Outage Central: 1-800-465-1212
(Update 10:30 a.m.) MBTA Shuts Down Service
If you braved the elements and took the T to work this morning, pack up your stuff now: The MBTA will shut down service at 2 p.m. due to severe weather caused by Hurricane Sandy.
According to the T website, the service suspension includes subway, bus and commuter rail service. Ferry service had already been suspended earlier in the day. The Ride remains open but users are "strongly encouraged" to call the contractor for their area to see if service is available.
(Updated at 11:24 a.m.) TOWN OF TEWKSBURY REQUESTS HELP FROM RESIDENTS
The following was a statement released by the Town of Tewksbury:
The Town of Tewksbury is requesting that residents work with their neighbors to clear storm drains in front of their property and along their roadway.
There is a high possibility of Hurricane Sandy hitting the east coast with heavy rains and high winds. There are over 3,300 storm drains/catchbasins in the Town of Tewksbury. The DPW has had multiple crews out clearing the storm drains in preparation for the storm. However, the trees have been dropping the Fall foliage quickly which makes it impossible to clear all drains.
The DPW is asking that residents check the storm drains, rake leaves away from the drain, and to dispose of the leaves and debris away from the street or in brown paper leaf bags. Please Do not remove the storm grates.
Thank you for your cooperation
Updated at 12:26 p.m. Library Closing Early
The Tewksbury Public Library has just announced that it will be closing at 2 p.m. today because of the storm.
Updated at 2:58 p.m. Road Closures
Two road closures that we know of this afternoon. A section of Shawsheen Street near the Shawsheen School was closed starting at around 12:45 p.m. due to a fire at 240 Shawsheen St.
Also, we've received a report that a tree came down across East Street, shutting it down near Dascomb Road.
Updated at 3:56 p.m. Power outages increase
Power outages are slowly starting to increase. More than 1,200 National Grid customers lost power just over the border in Andover near the Raytheon Plant.
In Tewksbury, the outages are scattered and they are popping up all over town. Power was lost in the center of town briefly but then came back on.
We're being told that we are in the worst of the storm but that "the worst" could last several more hours.
Updated at 7:04 p.m. Around 2200 without power, Dirlam Circle residents trapped
As of 7 p.m., around 2200 National Grid customers were without power. Most were in the Long Pond/Whipple Road area.
Wires were also reported down in various places around town, including Woburn Street.
The biggest problem is on Dirlam Circle, where a tree came down across the road, bringing wires with it. The proble is that the Dirlam Circle is flooded and the live wires came down into the water. The road was closed and residents were ordered to stay in their homes until workers were able to get the power shut off completely.
Update Tuesday, 9:30 a.m.
Good morning everyone. We'll be continuing to update here throughout the day.
The latest National Grid figures show that 1,303 customers are still without power. That's roughly 11 percent of the homes and businesses in town.
As you likely know by now, school has been cancelled again for today. However, the Board of Selectmen's meeting is still on for tonight. That meeting starts at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
Update Tuesday, Oct. 30, 1 p.m.
According to National Grid figures, there are still more than 1,300 customers without power. And those outages are scattered all over town, mostly in small pockets.
Town Manager Richard Montuori said he believes National Grid is aiming to have power restored to everyone by tonight, adding that he felt the DPW response to the storm has been "excellent."
Montouri also confirmed that Trick of Treating is still on for Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Update Tuesday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m.
As of 4 p.m., the number of residents without power has gone UP to 1,567. That's roughly 13 percent of Tewksbury's National Grid customers. This is somewhat expected, however, as National Grid often needs to shut off power to a larger area in order to safely address specific damage.
Also, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor explained the reasons he chose to cancel school for Tuesday as opposed to go with a two-hour delay. One big reason was that Dewing School was without power last night and into today. For the complete story on the school cancellation click here.
Closings and Cancellations for Tuesday, Oct. 30
- Tewksbury Public Schools are closed today. All extra-curricular activities such as athletic events are also cancelled.
- Robin's Yoga announced classes for tonight have been cancelled.