Yesterday was a wild one in Southborough as Hurricane Sandy blew through town. I’m told winds gusted as high as 46 mph at the Fire Station on Main Street, but could have been even stronger in other parts of town.
Emergency crews spent much of the day responding to reports of downed trees and wires. Based on reports out of the Southborough Emergency Operations Center, the areas around Pine Hill Road, Woodland Road, and Boston/Framingham Roads seemed to be hit particularly hard.
As of Monday evening, National Grid reported just shy of 850 Southborough residents were without power. Most of the customers – a whopping 592 of them – were in the Fayville/Boston Road area. Other significant clusters included 112 customers between Woodland and Southville Roads, 45 on Oregon Road, 22 in the Pine Hill Road area, 17 on Clifford Road, and another 17 on Main Street west of Deerfoot Road.
As of this morning about 500 remain without power. The lights in Fayville are back on, but there’s an additional outage along Woodland Road, and one affecting the west side of town along the Route 495 corridor.
Schools in Southborough and Northborough were closed on Monday and they will continue to be so today. In making the decision to cancel school, Superintendent Charles Gobron cited “safety concerns” caused by the storm. Northborough appears to have been hit even harder, with more then 2,000 without power as of Monday night.
Most town facilities will be open on Tuesday, including the Southborough Library. An exception is the Town House which will be closed in the morning due to an ongoing power issue. Officials say they hope to open by noon.
As of last night there were still some road closures. Here’s the list from the Southborough Police Department. I’ll update it as I get new information:
- Nichols @ Clemmons
- Pine Hill Road @ #89 – One lane open as of 9:00 am
- Deerfoot Road @ #60
- Willow Street @ Route 9
- Burnett @ High Street
- The area from Boston Road- starting from Boston Road @ East Main Street to Boston Road @ Framingham Road. - Open as of 8:00 am
- East Main Street @ Framingham Road is closed to vehicular traffic. This means drivers will not be able to proceed North on Framingham Road at this point.
- Framingham Road @ Marlboro Road is closed to vehicular traffic.
- Moulton Road (in front of #3) is closed to vehicular traffic.
- Burnett Road @ High Street is closed to vehicular traffic.
- Oregon Road @ Edgewood Road is closed to vehicular traffic (due to Oregon Road in Ashland being closed at Oak Street).
Police ask residents to stay clear of these areas while utility crews work to clear the roads.
Thoughts today will surely shift to those parts of the East Coast hit much harder than we were, but I’ll continue to bring you the latest storm news for Southborough as it comes in throughout the day. I’m also putting together a photo gallery of your pics from the storm. Send me your photos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update 2:10 pm: See this post for the latest update from Southborough town officials on the power and road situation. Also, officials say as of now, Halloween trick-or-treating is still on for Wednesday night.
Update 12:45 pm: National Grid now says 942 are without power in Southborough, up from 500 earlier. Not sure if there are new outages or if the website is finally reflecting reality.
Still no word on Halloween plans, but I’m trying to find out.
Update 12:00 pm: Need a tree service to help with clean up? Southborough residents are sharing their recommendations on the My Southborough Facebook page: www.facebook.com/mysouthborough. You don’t need a Facebook account to view the page.
Update 11:45 am: Southborough town officials are meeting right now with National Grid. I’ll share updates when I get them.
Update 11:30 am: Just got this message from Library Director Jane Cain, “After a bit of a bumpy start with our staff computers, the library is up and fully operative. All public computers are up and running, too. If people need a place to check emails or charge phones – or get something to read!, we are here until 9 p.m.”
Update 10:30 am: According to the National Grid website, the number of customers without power in Southborough has increased from about 500 to 717. New outages have been reported along Oak Hill Road and Middle Road (north). Many of those who lost power yesterday are still without.
Update 9:20 am – I updated the list of road closures above with the latest info from the Southborough Police Department.