We will update this story though out the day with Burlington specific information on the storm, including closings, accident reports, power outages and roads to avoid.
Friday, February 8, 2013
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
NStar was fined $4 million in responses to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm, but already announced it plans to appeal.
The state on Tuesday ordered a total of $24.8 million in penalties to utility companies for their response to storms in 2011. Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan joined Department of Public Utilities (DPU) Chairman Ann Berwick and DPU commissioners today to announce the findings of the DPU’s investigation into responses to Tropical Storm Irene and the October 2011 snowstorm. Provided the penalties hold up, customers should see a reduction in their bill, though it is unclear how much, officials said. National Grid faces the steepest penalty, at $18.725 million; NSTAR has been ordered to pay $4.075 million; and Western Massachusetts Electric Company to pay $2 million. Recognizing that outages are …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The latest from NSTAR as of last night. We will be updating this story as the situation progresses so check back often.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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 …
Three days after Hurricane Sandy about 0.8 percent of Burlington is without power.
Updated Nov. 1 at 12:58 p.m. According to NSTAR there are now 90 Burlington customers, or about 0.8 percent, still without power. NSTAR stated on its site that all power should be restored in Burlington not later than tonight. Updated Oct. 31 at 12:43 p.m. According to NSTAR there are now 453 Burlington customers, or about four percent, still without power. NSTAR is still saying it may take until Thursday night before all power is restored. How about you? What is your situation? Updated Oct. 30 at 11:41 p.m. According to NSTAR there are now 936 Burlington customers, or about eight percent of the Burlington coverage area, still in the dark. NSTAR has not stated specifically when the company expects full power to be restored but did …
Monday, October 29, 2012
Is there power in your neighborhood?
Updated 6:45 p.m. NSTAR is now reporting that 3,578 Burlington customers are now without power. One good thing is that the National Weather Service is reporting it will be slightly warmer tonight than it has been recently. We should have an overnight low of around 60 degrees. Still, if you have elderly neighbors please check on them if your area is out of power. Original story: Hurricane Sandy is leaving some Burlington residents in the dark. According to NSTAR, there are currently 1,018 Burlington customers without power. According to Burlington Patch readers, power is out on Wing Terrace, the Pine Glenn area, Forbes Avenue, Pinewold Avenue, Cedar Street and College Road. Is the power out in your neighborhood? Let us know where power is …
Here are guidelines from the USDA regarding the safety of food in a refrigerator without power.
With Hurricane Sandy predicted to hit us hard today, losing power is a threat. The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service prepared a fact sheet for keeping food safe during an emergency, including losing power. The USDA says to "keep the refrigerator and freezer doors closed as much as possible to maintain the cold temperature." But, the refrigerator will only keep food safely cold for about four hours if unopened during a power outage, according to the USDA. A full freezer will hold the temperature for about 48 hours if full (24 hours of half full), the USDA says. The USDA emphasizes "never to taste food to determine its safety" and says that you should "evaluate each item separately." Generally, if the temperature in the …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Emergency crews and NStar restoring power to the Middlesex Turnpike, Terrace Hall Avenue area.
Emergency crews and NStar responded to a manhole explosion on Middlesex Turnpike at Terrace Hall Avenue that caused widespread power outages in the area. Initial calls of the power outages came in at roughly 7:45 p.m. Tuesday night. Lt. Glen Mills of the Burlington Police Department said that at approximately 8:45 p.m. most of the power was back on and NStar will work until all power is restored. "Hopefully they will have all the power back on before rush-hour traffic tomorrow," said Lt. Mills. The police lieutenant added no one was injured and there were no reports of property damage. Did you lose power? Is it back on? Tell us in the comments!
Friday, August 3, 2012
There were multiple reports of outages around town this morning.
Update at 10:55 a.m.: NSTAR spokesman Mike Durand told Patch that the outages began at 7 a.m. this morning after a tree limb fell on wires on Bedford Road and originally affected roughly 5,000 customers. Most customers had power back within an hour and full power was restored by 9 a.m. Durand added that a tree limb would not normally cause such wide-spread outages but the downed wires were close to a electrical circuit at a nearby sub-station and that exacerbated the problem. Original story: There were many reports of power outages around Burlington this morning, including traffic lights on Middlesex Turnpike. Mike Durand, a spokesman for NSTAR told Patch that the power has been restored. He added that he is currently looking into what …
Monday, July 23, 2012
An NSTAR representative said there are multiple customers without power in Burlington due to equipment damage.
Some Burlington residents are without power due to damaged equipment. An NSTAR representative said customers in the Foster Road area are currently without power. A Patch reader also reported power being out in the Ellen Road area. NSTAR said the power is out due to damage to high voltage equipment. Power is expected to be restored by 7:30 p.m. this evening. Any customers that experience continued outages after 7:30 p.m. can call NSTAR at (800) 592-2000.