As of Tuesday morning, only around 300 National Grid customers remained without power due to the impact of Tropical Storm Irene.
At various points since Sunday's storm, more that 4,000 homes were without power due to downed trees and power lines, many for at least 24 hours.
Tewksbury Patch readers who had been without power were asked to share their feelings on our Facebook Page and here is a sampling of their responses as of Monday afternoon:
Erin Whealan Anderson: We're still without power on the Whipple end of Pleasant Street. No real updates from National Grid and can't get a live person on the phone. I am glad for those who were restored but frustrated at the lack of information or a real time estimate for the rest of us. Horrible.
Michelle J. Sorrentino: I and on the same page with Erin ... definitely annoyed!!!
Robin Marcotte Pothier: We've been out since 10:15 Sunday and have lost hundreds in groceries too--there's probably a deductible with my insurance so a claim may not be worthwhile. School starts tomorrow so we may need to make some alternate arrangements too. I already saw some downed wires/telephone poles around town with no crews on the scene yet..I think this will be a very long recovery process.
Donna E. King: I have been without power for 27 hrs now on Whited Ave off Trull rd, it went out right before 8am yesterday! My 2 yr old isn't happy & I can't believe that my older son had school today unreal. I was told by National grid this morning it could be a few day or up to a week!
Nicole Gauthier Downing: Same here. Been without power since 10:20am on Sunday. Crews worked last night on a downed tree, but still no power. Called NG who said that they are estimating a week. Not good with school starting tomorrow!!
Christian Daniels Panasuk: I'm over here with Donna, on Trull Road. Our street is notorious for power outages at the whisper of bad weather. Been off now for 29 hours. We bit the bullet two years ago and had a whole house generator installed... after a storm in the winter meant two days without power or heat/hot water. Based on the cost of a few nights in a hotel, and two refrigerator/freezers worth of bad food, it was worth it. Ours runs the whole house off the gas line, and was worth the investment.