Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Northborough residents have an impression that their power is restored much slower than other surrounding towns. Is it true?
National Grid is ready to respond to any power outages that may occur as a result of the high winds, heavy rain, and even some heavy wet snow from a nor’easter that will affect Massachusetts and Rhode Island today and overnight tonight, the company stated in a press release issued on Wednesday. It added that "more than 500 National Grid and supplemental line and tree crews are available and ready to respond quickly to any storm-related outages, along with more than 200 'wires-down' personnel. With the first snowflakes headed our way, and off the heels of yet another power-knocking storm two weeks ago by the name of Sandy, Northborough residents are concerned with the response of the town's utility company. Selectman Leslie Rutan expressed…
Friday, October 26, 2012
If this hurricane, or any hurricane, plans to come through Northborough, the town is ready.
When Irene smacked the region last year, as did the "Snowtober" Nor'easter, Northborough was ready, as it always is. Led by the fire and police departments, should emergency strike, there is a comprehensive plan of action to address a multitude of issues. Fire Chief David Durgin said that coming off those storms, fresh in our minds, "we've learned a lot from that after action reports we've done, and addressed shortcomings. Some stuff we're workin on and we'll continue to work on." But Durgin said the departments are "ready as we can be at this point," watching weather reports closely and adjusting as Sandy gets closer. "We're still in that cone of uncertainty," said Durgin. "This could completely miss us or hit us head on. All the town …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
National Grid improves service restoration and puts better communications in place.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Submitted by National Grid One year ago Tropical Storm Irene battered the eastern seaboard creating unprecedented damage and interrupting electric service to millions along the east coast. As of Aug. 28, 2011, it was the most severe storm to hit New England in 20 years. Massachusetts was not spared from Irene’s wrath. Her fury ravaged National Grid’s electricity system and left more than 518,000 customers without power in 170 of the 172 communities served by National Grid in the state. From that devastation has come innovation in the way National Grid prepares for severe weather, allocates its resources to restore power more quickly, and communicates with its customers and public safety officials. “We understand and acknowledge that many …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
It's been a light winter, but because of that storm in October, Northborough spent more than it budgeted for storm cleanup.
"I know everybody thinks it's been a mild winter, and it has," said Town Administrator John Coderre, "but that storm on Oct. 29 has doubled what we budgeted for snow and ice for the year." To date, Northborough has incurred $385,000 in costs associated with the fall Nor'easter. Northborough did receive a federal designation of from FEMA that will allow the town to receive 75 percent reimbursement in expenses. The reimbusement, Coderre explained, only applies to certain expenses. The $9,500 spent on plowing for the storm, for instance, would not be reimbursed, whereas the costs for the contractors hired to clean up debris and remove trees, totaling some $328,000, would qualify. To receive reimbusement from FEMA, invoices must be submitted …