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WMGLD: Wakefield Back Online After Storm

Crews handled more than 215 damage reports over the weekend.

Wakefield has light.

As of this morning, the  had restored power to all of its customers, according to General Manager Peter Dion.

“We still have a couple days of cleanup work, but all of the load was going as of this morning,” he said.

Throughout the storm, Dion said, about 3,200 customers experienced some kind of power disruption—with some homes losing electricity for a full 24 hours.

Crews worked through the weekend, he said, to handle 215 reports of physical damage to the department’s infrastructure, including 57 area outages and 71 homes that lost their service line.

“It’s that wet, heavy snow on trees that still have leaves on them,” he said.

Dion said his department sped up repairs by asking employees who wouldn’t normally handle electrical lines to help reconnect homes.

The last time he saw a storm do this much damage to a town’s electrical system, Dion said, was the April Fool’s Day Blizzard of 1997.

Jonathan Pickering October 31, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Wow, over 215 damage reports. This storm seemed to come out of nowhere and did a lot of damage in such a small period of time. Does anyone think this is a sign we have a bad winter in store for us?
Marguerite Fahey October 31, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Two quotes from Mr. Dion from another media source in town: "Dion said while a few customers were without power for as much as 24 hours, all power was restored by 8 p.m. Sunday." “Considering the historic nature of this storm, I think we did pretty well to get everyone back on line in 24 hours." Now, I hate to get nitpicky, but everyone was not online in 24 hours, Mr. Dion. Our home was without power for 27 hours, and all power was not restored by 8:00 PM last night. Ours did not come back until 2:00 AM this morning!
Sara Jacobi October 31, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Yikes! Did most people see their power come back on by 8 p.m. or was it also overnight for most folks? Who else got stuck without power for 24+ hours?

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