EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


November 2, 2012

Power should be back on for everyone today


“National Grid said they are hopeful that everyone will be back online by tonight,” Mayor James Fiorentini said yesterday.

Haverhill has extended free branch drop off hours at the Highway Department yard for residents from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. The original hours called for the yard to close at 1 p.m.

North Andover Public Works Director Bruce Thibodeau said things have gone well in town. Local crews have removed all the hazardous trees from roadways and National Grid has cleaned up all the downed wires.

“Now, we’re just doing things left alongside of the road,” he said. “There were a couple of trees we had to take down that were uprooted.” And he said Verizon is still working in a couple of places in town where wires were taken down.

Reed said there remains room for improvement.

“Every storm offers an opportunity for us to do better,” she said. “While we do believe we improved our performance since last fall’s storms, we will continue to work in partnership with our communities to further enhance our preparedness, restoration and communications processes so that we can better serve our customers.”

Reed urged anyone still without power to call National Grid at 1-800-465-1212.

“This will help National Grid identify any individual homes and businesses without service,” she said.

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