EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 19, 2012

Power goes out to more than 3,400 in Lawrence

By Bill Kirk

---- — LAWRENCE — A blown transformer left several thousand customers without power for several hours yesterday morning.

A National Grid spokeswoman said the transformer at a Lawrence Street substation caused the power to go out to 3,418 customers in the city starting at about 4:10 a.m.

Most customers had power restored by about 8 a.m.

The outage also affected 154 customers in Methuen.

Belinda Johnson of Belmont Street off Route 110 near the Spicket River, said she became aware of the outage around 4 a.m. when her cordless phone beeped loudly as the power to her house went out.

“It was like my alarm going off,” said Johnson, who added that the streetlights and most of her neighbors’ lights were also out.

This morning, she had to scramble around the house with a flashlight to figure out what to feed her kids, age 6 and 13, for breakfast before they went off to school.

She was lucky the power was restored quickly.

“I just went food shopping three days ago and spent over $200,” she said. “My freezer is full.”

Meanwhile, National Grid was dealing with a problem in Beverly, where nearly 3,000 customers had lost power due to problems with an underground cable, Barry said.

Power was expected to be restored to customers in the Rantoul and Cabot streets area around 9 a.m., according to the company website.