According to Town Manager Richard Montuori, nearly 100 percent of Tewksbury residents will wake up Thursday morning to find their power restored.
Montuori said he has been told by National Grid that all of the cluster outages will be taken care of by midnight Wednesday. All that will remain will be scattered single homes with isolated outages.
"It should be close to 100 percent by midnight," said Montuori.
Police Chief Tinothy Sheehan said, after talking to a National Grid representative, that full power restoration should be completed by midnight Thursday.
Approximately 10,400 Tewksbury homes and businesses lost power as the result of the bizarre October storm. Across Massachusetts, more than 600,000 residents lost power in the storm. National Grid called in crews from as far away as Michigan, Kansas and Texas to help restore power. Also very active have been crews from companies such as Verizon and XFinity, who have been working to restore cable and Internet service.
Montuori said he has been very proud of the work done by his local emergency response crews but said there would be a post-even meeting with department heads to discuss response procedures.
"We'll talk about what things we could do better," he said.
The town's emergency shelter at the Senior Center has now been closed. At its busiest, around it housed around 20 people, many elderly, who had no power and heat in their homes. But it also provided a place to warm up and get a bit to eat or a hot drink for many other residents.
At the first Neighborhood Meeting Wednesday night at the Wynn School, Montuori said he wanted to thank the Police, Fire and Health Departments, as well as the Tewksbury Library and Council on Aging for their work during the crisis.
As the lights come back on, the cleanup continues. DPW Superintendent Brian Gilbert said the priority is to clean up the roads that are closed and the ones that are limited to one lane. He also addressed the issue of brush.
"Trees that fall on private property are the responsibility of the property owner," said Gilbert. He said any trees that fall from private property into the street would be cut back to the property line and then be the responsibility of the homeowner. He also said that brush could be cut up and bundled in pieces no greater than three feet in length and be left by the roadside.
"The bundles will be picked up by our contractor," said Gilbert.