The Latest Developments on Town Power Outages
UPDATED AS OF Monday, October 31, 2011 at 5:00 PM
Town officials have been in contact with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and National Grid today. National Grid has made substantial progress repairing transmission and supply lines in Chelmsford, Dracut, and Westford, all of which feed power to Tyngsborough. Within our borders, electric lines on the east side of the Merrimack River suffered extensive damage. National Grid has had multiple crews in Tyngsborough repairing these lines and replacing damaged poles. Based on the information available and the progress made today, some areas of town will begin to see the restoration of power this evening. It is likely that most residents will not have their power restored before tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1st. In an update provided at 3:00 pm today, MEMA indicated that statewide, National Grid expected to restore power to a substantial number of customers by the close of business on Wednesday, November 2nd. The Town continues to work with a direct contact at National Grid responsible for the allocation of resources to Tyngsborough.
The shelter at Tyngsborough Elementary School on Westford Road will be open overnight tonight. Residents may also visit the shelter to charge mobile devices and access potable water.
Tyngsborough Public Schools are closed tomorrow, Tuesday, November 1st.
The flu clinic scheduled for Tuesday, November 2nd at the Council on Aging has been postponed. A new date will be announced once it is determined.
Due to the amount of downed limbs and wires and blocked sidewalks, Halloween trick or treating has been postponed to next Sunday, November 6th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation.
As a precaution, residents are asked to check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Residents are asked to continue to use caution, avoid unnecessary travel, and consider all downed wires to be live. Residents are also reminded to secure their homes and alert neighbors if they will be leaving their homes. Tyngsborough Police are patrolling neighborhoods and will continue to do so until power is restored.
Highway Department crews have been working in conjunction with National Grid crews to address downed trees and limbs that are entangled with poles and wires. Numerous roads have debris on them but are open. Cleanup of debris from the sides of roads will continue this week. All roads are passable with the exception of areas where utility crews are working, including Lakeview Avenue at Coburn Road.
Tax bills due November 1st will be accepted through November 2nd with no interest. Check payments can be made online at www.tyngsboroughma.gov/pay for no charge.
Additional information will be provided when it is available.
Important phone numbers:
Michael P. Gilleberto
Town of Tyngsborough