Tuesday, August 28, 2012
What were you doing when the hurricane swept through the area?
Chances are last year at this time, you were scrambling to get a generator, or calling relatives to see if the family could move over there for a bit. As with many other communities around, Shrewsbury and Grafton were slammed pretty hard, with half of Grafton's National Grid customers losing power and Shrewsbury's SELCO responding to outages for two days. Irene hit the edge of North Carolina on Aug. 27, 2011, as a Category 1 hurricane, according to this article in the Huffington Post. It was the first of its kind to hit land since Ike two years earlier, and most of the East Coast felt its effects, with 2.3 million under mandatory evacuation orders. Patch MetroWest covered Irene through pictures, stories and a live blog that spanned for …
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Take a look back at the week's headlines.
Here are five things we learned this week about Hurricane Irene. 1. Wind gusts of 51 miles per hour were registered at the weather station at the emergency command center at the Grafton Police Station. 2. Living without electricity required flexibility and patience. Hot dogs on the grill, anyone? 3. Twelve people found shelter from the storm at the town's official shelter. 4. School was delayed one day, then another. 5. But then power and phone service returned to all school buildings, and school finally opened Wednesday.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Share your experiences.
It looks like power is back to much of Grafton, at long last. Now that your power is restored, please share with us your "without power" stories. Did you play board games by candelight? Ensure that your kids' rooms were cleaner than they've ever been? Use the grill like it's going out of style? Get out of town for a bit? Spend a lot of money eating out or going to the movies? Has anything positive come out of not having power? Please share with us.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Number without power continues to drop.
The number of customers without power is now at 380 as of 2:30 p.m., Assistant Town Administrator Kevin Mizikar reports. National Grid estimates that power will be restored to everyone in town by Thursday, Sept. 1, Mizikar said.
High levels of E. coli bacteria are attributed to the storm.
The Silver Lake Beach has been closed because of high levels of E. coli bacteria, beach levels, beach director John Stephens said. High levels of E. coli and other bacteria often result in waterways after heavy rains, when runoff can include animal waste. The beach is closed until further notice, Stephens said. Retesting is scheduled for tomorrow, he said.
Power and phone service are restored.
After a two-day delay because of storm-related power outages, the first day of school is scheduled tomorrow, Superintendent of Schools Jay Cummings just announced. Power and phones are now working at all schools, he said. North Grafton Elementary School had been without power as of yesterday. Only one road _ Merriam Road _ remains closed. If that road is not ready by the morning, rerouting plans will be made. A Global Connect call will be going out to all parents letting them know this.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Power is still out at North Grafton Elementary School and some roads remain closed.
Grafton schools are cancelled again Tuesday, Aug. 30, Superintendent of Schools Jay Cummings just announced. Three reasons were cited: North Grafton Elementary School still has no power A number of roads critical to bus routes remain closed Phones are not working at North and South Grafton elementary schools. Some progress was made since last night, but not enough to provide conditions conducive to a smooth or safe start to the school year, Cummings said in a prepared statement. He wanted to make the call early enough to give parents the chance to plan and to spread the word, since many residents still do not have working phones.
Residents should bring their own containers.
The town's three fire stations will be open until 8 p.m. for residents that need water to drink or flush toilets. The stations are central fire station, 26 Upton St.; Station 2, 2 Mill St., North Grafton; and Station 3, 92 Main St., South Grafton. Residents need to bring their own containers. There are still 3,200 outages as of 4:30 p.m. A Code Red reverse 911 call will go out to town residents to alert them to the availability of water.
Family is one of many living without electricity.
Michael Urban never imagined that his recent trip to Old Sturbridge Village would hit close to home a few days later. “I remember thinking, That was a lot of work’’ to live without modern conveniences. “Now I've got a little bit of it myself.’’ About 10 a.m. yesterday, the family lost power at their Hillside Avenue home. No TV, landline or lights. No refrigerator, and the food that was there “is toast,’’ he said. And no Internet, except when he charges his computer with his car charger. “I feel out of connection,’’ he said. “I drive around basically, so I can go on Facebook.’’ The first 24 hours were exciting, he said. The family, including his wife, Andrea, his son, Zachary, 3, and his daughter, Isabel, 6, slept together in the TV room …
Irene kept dispatchers busy.
More than 60 calls came in to the Grafton Police Department during the storm. "It was pretty busy,'' Police Chief Normand A. Crepeau Jr. said this morning. "I'm glad we had two dispatchers on.'' The calls included complaints of wires down at 8:32 a.m. on Bernard Road, 11:03 a.m. on Barbara Jean Street and at 7:53 p.m. on Donahue Lane. Still, the chief said, things could have been worse. No injuries were reported.