As National Grid works its way through the streets of Chelmsford, town officials said the bulk of the rest of those without power should expect to see their lights on by tonight.
Town Manager Paul Cohen said about 75 percent of the town now has power. The National Grid crews are concentrated in one area of town at a time to get more people restored as soon as possible, Cohen said, instead of spreading less workers throughout the town for the effort to take even longer.
Cohen said the workers must clear all the lines and then re-charge them to get them operational again. A National Grid field rep has been in town for the past few days, Cohen said, attending the town's emergency management meetings and keeping officials updated.
"We have been through this before in the 2008 ice storm and Hurricane Irene and the key thing we try to do is communicate what we know as soon as we know it," said Cohen. "It requires a lot of patience and it’s a wide spread event. It's not like National Grid doesn’t gare about Chelmsford."
Westford and Tyngsborough were also hit very hard with power outages, Cohen said.
"It was widespread and Chelmsford's numbers are so high. A few main lines were devastated and that's why it is so high as opposed to other (storms)," he said.
As of last night the was still without power and operating on a generator, as was .
Cohen said the town did not open a shelter because most people calling his office prefer to stay in their homes but want a place to be warm during the day.
The and the are both open for the public's use to stay warm, he said.