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UPDATED: Power Restored to Many; 674 Still Without

National Grid works around the clock to bring all the power back to Northborough.

While customers still without power are undoubtedly frustrated, National Grid has restored a large portion of homes originally hit by the outage during Hurricane Sandy.

The number at 10 a.m. on Wednesday sits at 674 still withouth. National Grid serves 6,559 Northborough customers.

Debbie Drew, spokesperson for National Grid, said crews are out in full force working on restoration.

Remaining areas without service are concentrated south of Route 20 near the Northborough border, and also close to Route 9. There are two "feeder lines" presenting trouble, said Drew, and one has approximately 500 customers on it; the other has about 100.

"When one feeder gets picked up, that chunk of 500 will come back," said Drew. "That's how it will work."

At its peak during Hurricane Sandy, 5,800 were without power in Northborough. 

While talking with people, many Northborough residents have expressed disappointment in how quickly, or not, the town seems to be restored. The impression that Northborough's restoration times lag behind others is false, said Drew.

"Tt doesn’t appear to be the case," said Drew. "It’s purely the nature of the weather and the destruction of the electrical system that has been the issue. With Sandy, we had problems with the transmission lines that feed into Northborough; we had to bring those back first. And we have picked up a significant portion of the community. We will continue to work around the clock to get service back as quickly as possible."

By 9 a.m. on Wednesday, 85 percent of the town had its power restored. At that time, approximately 1,000 remained without.

According to the town, National Grid reported that it had over 25 repairs crews and seven tree crews working in Northborough.

National Grid's outage map shows that some could be looking at Nov. 2 as a restoration date.

Look to Northborough Patch for updates

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