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Updated: NSTAR: Now 185 Burlington Customers Without Power

The utility company stated it estimates all power will be restored by the evening of Nov. 2.

Some Burlington residents are still without power following . 

This morning NSTAR updated its town-by-town report on power outages with new figures on customers without power and estimated times for power restoration. This morning the utility company reported there were 344 Burlington customers in town without power and as of this afternoon it reported that the number is down to 185 customers without power.

NSTAR is estimating that all customers will have power no later than this evening. 

Chief Yetman of the said this week that the department has had extra staff for the storm and storm recovery. He said that in a span of 12 to 24 hours starting Saturday afternoon the department responded to between 50 and 60 calls, most for downed wires, downed trees, arching wires and fires. Fortunately, Yetman said, no injuries have been reported as a result of the storm.

Important information:

  • A warming center has been opened at the (Council on Aging) for any resident looking to head to a place with power. The warming center was in the high school but it has been moved to 61 Center Street. The Burlington Mall is also open normal business hours today.
  • Power lines are still down in areas around town. Be careful and don't approach any downed wires, even if they appear to be dead.
  • Please check on any neighbors who are seniors, have known medical issues or are otherwise at potential risk due to the weather/power outages. 
  • If you are using a generator, always operate it outside in the open air.
  • Check the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • If using a space heater, maintain a 3-foot buffer between it and any combustibles and if using candles for light, maintain a 1-foot buffer in all directions from any flammable materials. Never leave candles unattended. 
  • Halloween trick-or-treating has been postponed until Friday, Nov. 4 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Important phone numbers to have at hand: 

For all emergencies call 911. 

For non-emergencies: 

  • Burlington Police 781-270-1916
  • Burlington Fire Department: 781-272-2211
  • Burlington DPW: 781-270-1670
  • NStar 1-800-592-2000
  • Verizon 1-800-837-4966
JRTEMT October 31, 2011 at 03:22 PM
We really need a local radio station to update us on town issues. Without power to the computer router, webpages are useless. No idea what road conditions were or WHEN we were expected to have power restored. Only saw ONE officer directing traffic on Rt62 detour at Wilmington border...where were they at major intersections where traffic signals were out? Seems like there are plenty of cops when a utility company is paying for their detail but not on a weekend for residents. IMHO
Rick October 31, 2011 at 05:22 PM
BurlGirl is right - I was relying on my smartphone for updates, but they were few and far between. It would be great if there was some kind of low-power radio station that the town can use for emergencies. Maybe even a simulacast of the Burlington public TV station. This should be proposed at the next town meeting. One more point, Burlington.org needs to be seriously revamped both in design and content, especially in emergency situations like this.
Carol Vachon November 01, 2011 at 02:20 PM
Where are the utility crews? Not sure how nstar can commit to restoring power by Wednesday night. I only saw one crew yesterday and haven't seen any today. They can't show up tomorrow afternoon and have any reasonable expectation of meeting their goal of having power restored by tomorrow night
JRTEMT November 02, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Thanks to the DPW for the ConnectCTY message last night telling me to be sure to cut those trees down to 3 feet and 'tie them up'. Sure we'll all be out there with string and rope to tie up the many branches that fell in our yards! OMG And thank you for NSTAR online billing email I received DURING THE POWER OUTAGE Saturday night! Priceless.

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