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Merrimack Valley

November 1, 2012

On the road to recovery

Some still in dark as cleanup continues


“The electrical company did an outstanding job and got everything cleared up,” said Thibodeau.

National Grid is fielding a crew of roughly 2,400 workers, made up of employees from 31 states and two Canadian provinces. Reed said the company’s restoration efforts are moving “about twice as quick this time” than with Irene and the October snowstorm last year.

“We’re pressing ahead as fast as we have been since the beginning,” said Reed. “We are progressing ahead of schedule.”

Cleanup continues

Thibodeau said North Andover DPW cleared between 35 and 40 trees and large limbs from roadways on Tuesday and Wednesday. As of noontime yesterday, he said only Academy Road remained blocked to traffic.

“Everything else is passable,” said Thibodeau. “It was a tough storm but I think we managed to get through it.”

Much of the major cleanup work in Valley cities and towns was completed yesterday.

“We’re in pretty good shape,” said Methuen Public Works Director Raymond DiFiore, whose crews hauled away approximately 50 trees.

All roads in Methuen and Lawrence were open yesterday. With roadside tree work complete, Lawrence DPW Director John Isensee said city crews have turned to cleaning up the North and South commons.

“If it’s been cleared to cut by National Grid, we’ve cut it up,” said Isensee. “We’re in pretty good shape. We fared pretty well. We’ve seen a lot worse.”

Several roads remained closed or detoured in Andover yesterday afternoon, including Canterbury St. at Westminster Road; 118 Greenwood Road; 80 Tewksbury Street; 55 Harold Parker Road; Shaw Drive and Chatham Drive.

Haverhill Mayor James Fiorentini assessed the condition of the city yesterday as “generally good with some pockets of problems.”

Fiorentini said power remained out yesterday in neighborhoods around Lakeview Avenue and lower North Avenue, Corliss Hill Road and West Lowell Avenue. He said Building 19 in RiversEdge Plaza as well as the Comfort Suites hotel and Churchill Court Apartments off River Street also remained in the dark.

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