EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


July 16, 2014

Storm topples trees, rips down power lines

Thousands of homes lose power, roads flooded

A short but intense thunderstorm knocked down trees and power lines across the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire late yesterday afternoon, shutting off electricity for thousands of residents.

Heavy rain also caused ceilings to collapse in a multifamily home at 196 Bruce St., Lawrence, temporarily displacing 10 people. Some of the tenants stayed with relatives while the American Red Cross found shelter for others, fire Deputy Chief Jack Meaney said.

No one was injured, he said.

North Andover and Andover bore the brunt of the power failures from the storm. In North Andover, 4,000 customers were without power as of 7 p.m. while 1,035 Andover customers lost their electricity, according to the National Grid website. Only a few customers in Lawrence, Methuen and Haverhill lost power, the company reported.

Power was expected to be restored to most customers by 11 last night, according to the National Grid website.

An unidentified driver experienced a close call in North Andover when a tree fell on a car at Dale and Salem streets around 5:45 p.m. The driver was unhurt, according to police Lt. Charles Gray.

The car, which received significant damage, was towed and the Department of Public Works removed the tree, Gray said. National Grid crews were repairing fallen power lines, he said.

Vale Street in Haverhill was closed after a tree limb fell on power lines, police said. No other streets had to be closed, according to police.

North Andover residents whose streets have tree limbs and other debris that need to be removed are asked to call 978-683-3168. The DPW will pick up the limbs on a priority basis, Gray said.

The heavy rain caused ceilings on the second and third floors of the Lawrence building at 196 Bruce St. to fall down and flooded the first floor, Meaney said. Initial reports indicated the roof had collapsed. The incident happened shortly before 5 p.m.

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