EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


November 1, 2012

Storm debris piles up at city yard

People still without power complain


“The whole house shook,” he said. “It ripped the electrical service right off our house and three other houses. It was really incredible.”

Lakeview Avenue resident Mary Pappas said she lost power about 4:15 p.m. on Monday, the same time the power lines were knocked down in front of Woelfe’s North Avenue home.

“It’s frightening,” Pappas said yesterday. “I’ve been through a lot of storms but I’ve never seen anything like this. I can’t remember the last time we lost power for this long. I hope I don’t have to go through another dark night.”

Yesterday morning, workers with Clean Harbors, a hazardous waste cleanup company, removed fluids that leaked out of the downed transformer onto the street so repairs could begin. Mayor James Fiorentini said Verizon workers were on the scene at 1 p.m. and were replacing the broken utility pole so that National Grid could begin repairing the power lines.

Fiorentini said he received many calls yesterday from residents in the Lakeview, Brockton and Fairmont avenues area about their power still being out. Fiorentini said the outage in that area was caused by the downed power lines on North Avenue. The mayor said he also received several calls from residents on Fernwood Avenue in Bradford whose power was still out.

“Folks are getting impatient and I understand that they have food that is spoiling and some have medical problems,” Fiorentini said yesterday. “National Grid told me told me they have nine crews working in Haverhill today and that everyone will have their power back by midnight on Friday, although they hope most will have their power back before then.”

As of 3:30 p.m. yesterday, in Haverhill 1,004 National Grid customers were still without power.

North Broadway residents George and Marilyn Allison made several trips to the highway yard yesterday to dispose of tree branches that littered their property.

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