Power is slowly coming back to Southborough homes, but not without some grumbling on the part of both residents and town officials. Nearly the entire town lost power during Tropical Storm Irene on Sunday.
Power restoration has been spotty. As of Monday night, some residents had their power back while neighbors just one street over might not. Power started coming back on the north side of town late Monday afternoon. Areas on the south side started seeing the lights come on later that night.
Despite pressure from town officials, National Grid said they were not able to provide a timeline on when power will be fully restored. In a press release yesterday, Southborough officials said they have “continually stressed our frustration with the lack of information on the restoration of power and telephone service.”
Southborough residents didn’t need press releases to express their frustration. Instead, many turned to Twitter.
Selectman John Rooney wondered why his Southborough neighborhood lost power when one just over the line in Ashland did not. “I struggle to understand why one electric utility’s equipment suffers such disparate impact from another’s equipment when subjected to nearly identical forces,” he wrote in a comment on this blog.
He also questioned National Grid’s preparation for the storm.
“I have yet to see a National Grid truck in my neighborhood, which cynically causes me to wonder whether we are dealing with an undermanned recovery effort that will inevitably frustrate and anger many,” he wrote. “How aggressive was National Grid in lining up repair crews, ready to swing into action if outages occurred, to augment its own linemen?”
What do you think about the power outages and National Grid’s response? Share your thoughts in the comments.