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October 29, 2012

Downed tree in Methuen knocks out power

METHUEN — A downed tree on Camden Street has knocked out power for 540 National Grid customers in the city, police said.

Officials are also reporting downed wires on North Street and Lyndale Avenue. And late this morning, trees fell onto Pleasant View Street near Methuen High School and Pleasant Street near Presentation of Mary Academy.

The roads have since been cleared, said Methuen Public Works Director Raymond DiFiore.

"Right now nothing's down except limbs," said DiFiore. "We've been able to keep up with it."

The power outage is impacting residents on Tower Street, Birchwood Road, Oakside Avenue, East Street, Pleasant View Street, Larchwood Road, Davis Road and Tudor Street.

Police have reported no injuries or property damage. In all, 5,861 National Grid customers were without power in Essex County as of 2 p.m. That's down from 7,555 at 1:30 p.m.

DiFiore and Mayor Stephen Zanni toured the city early this afternoon.

"The wind is going to pick up around 3 p.m. today, so that's a concern," said Zanni. "I think people staying off the road has been a plus."

DiFiore said trash, recycling and curbside leaf pickup will be completed in the city by 3 p.m. Public Works crews are now out keeping catch basins clear of leaves. A roughly 10-man crew will be working tonight, he said.

"It's picking up a little now," said DiFiore. "The rain's not bad at all. The wind is gusting and it's picking up."

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