Jul 28, 2014
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Slowly but Surely, Power Being Restored in Foxborough

Over 70 percent of Foxborough is back online; National Grid continues to make progress in town.

Slowly but Surely, Power Being Restored in Foxborough

Discussions with National Grid have yielded the same answers, similar to Tropical Storm Irene; historic storm, downed trees, heavy wet snow, and tons of debris.

National Grid representative, Steve Brady, said Monday that what happened in Foxborough happened in many other communities across the Commonwealth.

"We are being told by state folks that it is the - lots of wet snow on trees, tons of wires down and travel has been difficult," said Brady. "Moving in and around Foxborough Monday I have seen an enormous amount of tree branches on the ground."

Brady said that at the peak of the storm, 91 percent of Foxborough lost power. Currently that number stands over 70 percent with their power back; 1,412 out of 7,816 still without power. Brady expects that number to continue to decrease through tonight and into Wednesday as they work to restore service to the second substation in town.

"Crews have been in Foxborough all day and will work late into the night," noted Brady.

100 percent of Foxborough is expected to be back up and running by Thursday. The power situation in Foxborough has forced the town to cancel school Tuesday. Heading into November, Foxborough's public schools have already canceled school twice.

The _“warm-up and recharge” at Gillette Stadium Tuesday for Foxborough residents who remain without power. Gillette Stadium’s Putnam Club East will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for residents to get warm and charge their electronic devices.

Approximately 40 people took shelter Monday at the in Foxborough.

Foxborough residents continue to express their frustration online and around town. Resident Josh Innocent sat down with WGBH Monday evening to air his frustration with National Grid's lack of communication.

Over 5,000 Foxborough residents are heading into another cold night Tuesday without power.

"Another night without power, another day I will have to miss work because the daycare for my children is also out of power," said resident Amy White. "We just want straight answers - enough is enough."

Senator Scott Brown, R-MA, energy providers Monday indicating his dismay at the continuing power outages in the state.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick held a press conference Monday, where a reporter asked if he was satisfied with the utility companies response to the record breaking

“I think the utility plans are sound and they are executing them well – the number of crews out is unprecedented," responded Governor Patrick.

Patrick said that crews are making progress and urged patience.

Massachusetts Regional President of National Grid, Marcy Reed, stated today in a media call that, "the first step in repairing the system in this storm often involves clearing trees so that the line workers can do their job."

National Grid has over 1,100 tree and line crews working in communities across the state. More crews are on their way from North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Virginia and Kentucky. When crews arrive, National Grid expects to have in excess of 1,800 crews.

"I realize the major inconvenience it is for people to be without power. We are doing everything we can to restore power as quickly as possible. However, even with all the resources that we are deploying to restore power, it takes time to repair damage as extensive as what we incurred this weekend," said Reed. "We expect to have power back to the vast majority of our customers by Thursday evening." 

As of 3:00pm Tuesday, 5,376 National Grid customers in Norfolk County are without power. All together, 320,000 in Mass. remain without power.

Residents should consider all downed wires to be energized and dangerous, including telephone, fiber optic and cable TV wires since they may be in contact with energized electric wires that are not within view. If businesses or individuals are using generators, they need to be kept outdoors and main breakers turned off during the power restoration period.

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