Southborough is cleaning up in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. National Grid reports 950 customers are still without power in town, and a number of roads remain closed to traffic, including the main thoroughfare that is Framingham Road.
Southborough officials have been working with the utility on getting service restored. “National Grid is focusing on Priority 1 issues, which are those that are ‘life threatening’,” Southborough Town Administrator Mark Purple said in an email this afternoon. “National Grid is setting up response times over the next 24 hours as to when service will be back in various areas.”
Purple said some of the outages may be resolved within the next 24 hours, but National Grid won’t make an commitments right now. Thirteen line crews and five tree crews are currently assigned to service Southborough, Northborough, and Westborough, he said.
According to the National Grid outage map, the number of customers without power has actually increased throughout the day, going from 500 this morning to just under 950 by early afternoon.
“It is my understanding that there are large feeder lines that need to be repaired, and must be taken offline to do so, which is why the numbers have gone up,” Purple said.
“The town understands the terrible inconvenience and consequences attendant to being without electricity, and we will not stop working to make sure the utilities understand the urgency of the matter,” Chairman of the Board of Selectmen John Rooney said this afternoon.
Purple said town officials will meet with National Grid again at 5:00 pm for another update and to “see what we still have on our list.”
While there are many in Southborough with no power, Purple said our town was not hit as hard as some of its neighbors. “Northborough started the day with approximately 75% of the town without power, and most of Westborough’s sewer and water stations were on backup generator,” he said.
The Southborough Town House still has limited power and remains closed today. There are lights and phones, but no computers, copiers, or printers, Purple said. Tonight’s open meeting of the Board of Selectmen has been canceled. The board still plans to hold their scheduled executive session, but not at the Town House.
The following roads are still blocked or have limited access:
- Nichols @ Clemons
- Pine Hill @ #89
- 60 Deerfoot
- Framingham @ East Main
- 3 Moulton
- Oregon Road @ the Ashland line
- Willow @ Route 9
- 56-58 School Street
- Burnett @ High Street
There are also trees laying on the wires at Parkerville and Southville, but it is passable.
Purple said as of now there are no plans to postpone Halloween trick-or-treating tomorrow night, “but we are hoping to resolve some of these Priority 1 issues so that trick or treating can be done safely.”