[UPDATED] Just Another Manic Monday: 40 Percent Still Without Power

We'll update this article throughout the day with news about the aftermath of Snowtober, namely power updates.

Halloween is postponed! Whoever heard of such a thing? Well, it's happened. According to the town, which makes the decision on such things, Halloween — meaning the trick-or-treat portion of it,

announced that public schools in Northborough and Southborough will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 1. They were also, of course, closed Monday.

For updates on National Grid, visit the storm center page, which details outages and estimated times for restoration. According to the site, there are still thousands without power in Northborough, an the estimated time for restoration could remain until Thursday, Nov. 3.

As of 2 p.m. on Monday, 3,895 out of the 6,473 National Grid customers in Northborough had their power restored, which accounts for 60 percent of the total. Vanessa Charles, spokesperson for National Grid, told Northborough Patch that "large pockets of customers will be restored as the evening continues, but in the worst case scenario, not until Thursday." At the peak of the storm, 427,000 customers throughout the state were without power, and by 2 p.m., 317,000 were restored. 

Allie Lane, director of the Recreation Department, is let everyone know that there is power at the. That means, the moved its playground scheduled for 10:30-11:30 a.m. to the town hall (it was previously scheduled for the department's location on Southwest Cutoff).

Also, the Boroughs YMCA has opened its facility to any Northborough resident, and that includes access to the locker rooms for showers. Let the front desk know you are a resident if you use the facility.

The opened up at 1 p.m., but its Halloween party scheduled for Monday night is canceled.

Rev. Cynthia Maybeck wants everyone to know that "power is back on at and the community is welcome to use space on the first floor from 1-7 p.m." It's warm, and there's Wifi access, as well as coffee brewing. 

announced all its programs for the evening are on, and it is open for business, even without Internet access.

The Northborough Tea Party has rescheduled its RomneyCare meeting at the Northborough Library, orginally scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 1, to Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. 

The town announced shelter facilities and other information.

Facilities are available at the . The center is currently open and will remain open overnight Monday for residents who are without heat and power. Cots for sleeping provided, however residents must supply their own bedding, toiletries and medications. The shelter will remain open through 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. The town will review the need for further sheltering at that time.

Access to shower facilities The YMCA located at 4 Valente Drive in Westborough (across from the Christmas Tree Shop Plaza) is allowing any town resident to use its shower facilities at no charge. There is also a single shower available at the Senior Center, as well as access to the Internet, and cell phone chargin.

Access to potable water is available from the spigot at the following locations: Northborough Cemetery, located on Howard Street (across from the ZEH School); Northborough Community Gardens-located at 71 Valentine Rd.

Storm related tree debris can be brought to the highway garage at 190 Main St. on business days between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Additionally, special drop-offs are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 19 between 8 a.m. and noon. The brush drop-off is for Northborough residents only and no commercial vehicles will be permitted. Proof of residency is required. Residents should not stack storm debris at the roadside. There will be no roadside debris pick up; all debris should be taken to the High Garage as specified above.

Power Update National Grid is advising that it may take until later in the week to fully restore power to its Northborough customers. Those areas that experienced direct damage from the storm could take longer. In addition, residents who had power lines come off of their homes must contact an electrician for repairs. Residents are urged to use extreme caution around downed wires as they may be live. Contact National Grid 1-800-465-1212 to report outages.

The following have reported that power is back:

@dick_d on Twitter let us know that West Main Street is up and running.

Christine Cobb let us know on Facebook that some of Howard Street is back on near the Zeh School, and that Church Street was on, briefly, but back out again "because circuits popped." 

At 9:20 p.m. a reader emailed Patch to say, "Down pole/lines/connector laying across Davis/Otis street and by Proctor School still tonight. National Grid trucks haven't been out yet for these."

Power came back on South Street on Monday evening, Deborah Ballard let us know. PYOP also got power back, and the studio is "open and warm."

Please share your comments, concerns, photos and videos with us right here. Have an event that has been rescheduled or canceled? Power concerns? Help us help others in town.

Nic October 31, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Are there any National Grid trucks in Northboro? I didnt see any this morning.
Diane G. October 31, 2011 at 05:28 PM
Any updates from National Grid besides "maybe by end of day Thursday"???
Twitterpated October 31, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Nope. Try to click on the NG link in this article. You get the same nothing service. Why do Marlborough and Westborough have power but Northborough doesn't.?
Chris Mason October 31, 2011 at 09:41 PM
With the pattern of longer and longer outages it is obvious that National Grid is incapable of dealing with these storms. They are "poised and ready to respond"? I have'nt seen a National Grid truck on the road all weekend. They rely on private contractor subs from all over and then there is the alleged union squabbling that takes place. Why is Shrewsbury with it's independant utility able to stay on but Northboro being served by the monsterous NG goes down when the wind blows? After "hurricane" Irene, why did it take NG almost a week to repair the downed lines on Collins Road? Why does it take NG more than 48 hours to assess the damage and report a time frame for restoration? And one of the more frustrating issues with NG is the lack of communication. They don't tell anyone WHY the power in the entire town is out. If they explained the specific reason for the outage and what they were doing to fix it - it would be a little more bearable. Apparently they are too busy to tell us what is going on; other than they are "working on it." I think it's high time Northborough began to look into an independant utility as the only thing dependable about National Grid is their billing department.....


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