February 10, 2013 – Despite impassable roads and massive snow drifts that hampered access to power lines and equipment, National Grid crews have made significant headway, with more than 100,000 customers restored in the Mass. communities affected by the devastating blizzard that tore through the state Friday and Saturday.
At the peak of the storm on Friday at 11 p.m., more than 170,000 Mass. customers were without power. As of noon today, that number is down to approximately 65,000 customers who are primarily on the South Shore and in the southeastern part of the state. Customers in other parts of the state who lost power have been restored.
Customers in the Attleboro area are expected to be restored today. In the Brockton area and in Quincy, customers should be fully restored by midday tomorrow. The restoration effort on the South Shore in communities such as Hanover, Norwell, Scituate and Cohasset should be complete by the end of the day Tuesday.
It is important to note that customers in all of the affected areas are being restored continuously, and these timeframes reflect when the final customers will have power.
More than 500 crews are blanketing the South Shore communities, where the blizzard’s hurricane-force winds and wind-whipped snow tore down thousands of power lines, including several high-voltage lines that serve large numbers of customers. There are more than 60 broken poles in this area alone.
Now that it is safe to fly, helicopters are out inspecting power lines in remote areas to identify damage so crews can get in and make repairs. Other crews are working substations – facilities that connect local power lines to the high-voltage electric grid, and still others are repairing lines that serve local neighborhoods.
More than 2,000 crews – including National Grid personnel and workers from 26 states and Canada – are blanketing National Grid’s service area in Mass. and Rhode Island, repairing damaged equipment and restoring light and heat to affected customers. Thousands of other employees are working behind-the-scenes on logistics, materials, fleet and fuel, lodging and meals for the crews, engineering, and a host of other support services designed to expedite the restoration.
National Grid is working hand-in-hand with state and local officials and keeping the lines of communication open so community leaders know the status of the restoration, and so the restoration work proceeds as quickly and safely as possible.
Customers Urged to Stay Safe
National Grid is urging customers to stay safe as the restoration continues.
“The storm has passed and the sun is out, but customers still need to be very careful if they are without power and as crews work in their neighborhoods,” said Kathy Lyford, National Grid vice president of New England Operations. “Customers need to take special care if using alternative sources of heat to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.”
Here are some important safety tips to for electric and natural gas customers:
Natural gas customers also need to take precautions:
Customers Urged to Keep in Touch
In addition to Outage Central, National Grid offers a number of ways for customers to report outages or learn about restoration efforts and important safety information. Here’s how:
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