The following is from the office of state Sen. Ken Donnelly.
State Sens. Ken Donnelly and Will Brownsberger and Rep. Sean Garballey are working with Gov. Deval Patrick's administration and the legislature to provide funds for the clean-up of the microburst that ravaged through parts of Arlington on Wednesday, July 18.
The storm caused severe damage to property and trees in the area, resulting in power outages and the closure of main roadways, sidewalks and the Minuteman Bikeway.
“Clearly this is an emergency,” Donnelly said. “As I have traveled around town the last few days, I have seen first-hand the damage that was done and the ongoing intensive cleanup effort that began immediately after the storm hit. We as the Arlington delegation are working with the administration and both the House and Senate Committees on Ways and Means to seek financial help for the cleanup.”
Patrick has also reached out to the delegation to convey his concern and support.
“I am really grateful for Senator Donnelly’s leadership on this issue, and very pleased to help in every way that I can,” Brownsberger said.
The Arlington Police Department has confirmed that there were no injuries reported from the microburst. Public works crews, NSTAR workers, and the police and fire departments have been working on the cleanup effort since late Wednesday night.
“I spent the night in East Arlington observing the damage of the storm and speaking with many of the residents,” Garballey said. “Our DPW workers, firefighters and police officers have been fantastic in working around the clock to help the residents of East Arlington. We will continue to work together to bring relief to the town.”
Microbursts are the result of powerful thunderstorms, which push wind straight down to the ground according to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration. When that happens, the wind then shears across the ground at breakneck speeds, intensifying the effects of the rain and lightning.