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October 30, 2012

Methuen City Hall in the dark; Andover slowly getting power back; Haverhill has 20-30 trees down


According to Public Works Director Ray DiFiore a representative from National Grid told city officials that they were working on the problem and that "hopefully power will be up and running this afternoon. We are a priority customer."

DiFiore said there were about 50 trees down in the city, and 10 streets blocked. Tree crews were working feverishly to cut up the trees, with the assistance of two, private tree-cutting contractors. Trash, recycling and leaf pick-up is going on as scheduled today. In addition, the city's landfill will stay open for extended hours today through Saturday so people can drop off yard and tree debris. The landfill will be open until 5 p.m. Methuen has also re-scheduled Halloween for Saturday. There were 3,664 customers without power in Methuen as of 11 a.m.

In Haverhill, there were about 5,700 customers without power as of around 11 a.m., according to Mayor James Fiorentini's Facebook page. He said there are 20 to 30 trees down, with a few blocking some public ways.

"We expect the streets to be cleared by sometime this afternoon," he said. "Schools opened without incident. We are not aware of any flooding problems."

He added that the highway yard will be open for tree and limb drop off every day this week until 4 p.m. and Saturday until 1 p.m. "We are waiving the fees for tree and limb drop off until Saturday," he said.

Lawrence residents continued coping with downed power lines and broken tree branches. As of 12:30, there were still 2,262 customers without power in the Immigrant City.

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