Burlington Residents Still Without Power Following Irene
The Fox Hill area is largely in the dark, as are pockets throughout town.
Though the storm has passed and the sun is shining today, some residents in Burlington are still feeling the effects of Irene.
Assistant Chief Michael Patterson of the Burlington Fire Department said this afternoon that there are still residents without power. He said the largest section of town in the dark is the Fox Hill area but said downed wires and tree limbs have caused outages in smaller pockets all around town.
Patterson said department members received calls concerning arching wires and down trees through this morning.
"We were busy this morning with downed branches and arching wire calls but it's slowed down now," he said. "We're almost back to normal business now."
Utility crews are out working on restoring power today, Patterson said, but he didn't know how long it would take them to get power fully restored.
According to NSTAR, the company currently has about 200,000 customers without power, the majority located on the South Shore, in Greater New Bedford, and on Cape Cod.
"Crews will continue working around the clock until all customers are restored; concentrating first on making the repairs that will benefit the largest number of customers," a release states. "Due to the extent of the damage and the large number of customers affected, many NSTAR customers currently without power could be out for several days."
A media representative from NSTAR said that at this time they do not know how many customers in Burlington are without power.
"We don’t have town-by-town information at the moment," she said. "We are focused on getting the bulk of the repairs up and running and haven’t had time to weed through the numbers."
NSTAR encourage customers whose electric service is affected to report it by calling 800-592-2000.
Are you or your neighbors still without power? If so, let us know in the comments section below how long your power has been out, where you are located and if NSTAR has given you an estimate on how long restoration will take.