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UPDATE: It Could Be Two More Days Until All Residents Have Power Restored

More than 1,500 National Grid customers in Tewksbury remain without power.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 31, 10:30 a.m.

National Grid officials have announced that they are targeting 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, to have power restored to all residents of Tewskbury. As of 10:30 a.m., there are still 841 Tewksbury customers without power.

Original Story

Tewksbury National Grid customers still without power in the wake of may have to wait another day or two before power is restored.

In a press release issued Tuesday evening, National Grid officials said that more than half of 237,000 Massachusetts customers who lost service had it restored within the first 12 hours.

Of the remaining customers without power, three-fourths of them will have power restored by midnight Thursday, with according to the release.

“We want our Massachusetts customers to know that we are out in full force, working to restore their power as quickly and safely as possible,” said National Grid President Marcy Reed.

According to National Grid, Sandy took down 10,000 wires, knocked
out power to 11 transmission lines and eight substations that serve large numbers of Massachusetts customers, as well as 60 main distribution lines that deliver electricity to homes and businesses.

There are more than 500 National Grid and supplemental line and tree crews are at work removing trees from power lines and repairing and replacing poles, lines, transformers and other equipment that was damaged by Sandy. Crews from 31 states and two Canadian provinces are in Massachusetts assisting with the restoration.

 

joanne lewis October 31, 2012 at 01:54 PM
i HAVE BEEN OUT OF POWER FOR 4 DAYS AND EVRYTIME I CALL NATIONAL GID NO UPDATES ARE GIVEN AND I CALLED THE TOWN SELECTMAN'S OFFICE AND IM WAS TOLD THEY HAVE NO INFO EITHER ARE YOU SERIOUS?? I HAD TO STAY A THE HOLIDAY INN IN TEWKSBURY AND GUESS WHAT NATIONAL GRID PERSONAL WERE DRINKING AT THE BAR !!!
Bill Gilman (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 02:00 PM
A comment has been removed for violation of terms of service. Frustration is understandable guys but let's watch the language. Even with asterisks.
SoxFan October 31, 2012 at 06:26 PM
I believe National Grid puts up the out-of-state crews in hotels near where they will be working. So if someone is away from their family for the next few weeks so they can put your power back on (which is their job, of course), I'm not sure why they aren't allowed to spend some time off-duty relaxing. In fact, good for them for having drinks at their hotel bar so nobody is driving anywhere. They aren't prisoners. National Grid has crews working 24/7, but I'm sure they are on a rotating basis. I saw several trucks working on Fiske Street at 3am today, half of them were cutting limbs, and the other half appeared to be reparing lines. Joanne, you have been without power since Saturday morning? That seems a bit far fetched, and to me it takes some credibility away from what you are implying is going on...

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