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Post Sandy Clean-Up Coming Along

Fire Chief Steven Yetman said most major roads are now open though some areas still have downed trees blocking traffic.

Fire Department, NSTAR and Department of Public Work crews continue to work the cleanup effort in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy today.

Fire Chief Steven Yetman and Department of Public Works Superintendent John Sanchez both said that trees, downed limbs and wires have been cleared from the major roadways. This morning the departments tackled a downed tree at the Cambridge Street and Wilmington Road intersection and another on Skelton Road.

Roads that still have debris and/or wires include Luther Road, Bassett Avenue and Bradford Road. There are also problems on Gloria Circle off of Francis Wyman Road.

Yetman said that during Hurricane Sandy yesterday there were no calls of injuries.

Yetmans also said crews are out working to restore power. As of this time there are still 1,822 Burlington homes without power, according to NSTAR. At the height of the storm there were over 3,300 homes without electricity.

Sanchez said overall the storm caused less damage than Hurricane Irene last year or the October snowstorm.

"The damage wasn't concentrated like last year," he said. "Right now we're mostly just clearing up the trees we cut last night.

Sanchez said that during the storm the DPW moved water treatment production away from the Vinebrook location to the Mill Pond facility, which turned out to be a good move because Vinebrook lost power. It will be back up shortly and the Mill Pond facility can put out sufficient water for residents' needs.

He also said the three sewer stations lost power but have been running on generators.

Finally, there have been reports of a tree down on Prouty Road that is causing problems. Sanchez said the Burlington side has been sufficiently cleared but that Billerica did have some ongoing problems with trees on wires.

Did we miss anything? Do you know of any other ongoing problems, aside from power outages, which are being addressed? Let us know in the comments.

 

 

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