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What's Chelmsford Saying About Sandy?

We took a look around our site and social media and got some updates from local residents. If you have more updates, let us know!

 

After taking a look at just some of the comments section of a few of our stories from yesterday  along with our Facebook Page, our Twitter Feed, the In-Town Report and other sources, here's the general low-down on what the situation was like on the Day After Sandy in Chelmsford.

If you have updates, please share them in the comments, we'll try to get further updates later today.

  • There will be Halloween on Wednesday.
  • Power is back in the Parker Road and Boston Road area as of around 8:30 p.m.
  • Power was out on Elm Street and Natalie Road as of 4 p.m.
  • Power has been out on Graniteville Road near the Westford border since 2:30 p.m. on Monday and was out until at least 4 p.m.
  • Queen Street had not had power since 7 p.m. on Monday and did not as of 4 p.m.
  • Rainbow Avenue is not a pretty picture...
  • The Parker School got its power back at about 8:45 p.m.
  • Robin Hill Road did not have power as of around 9 a.m.
  • Bridge Street and Westford Street near the center never lost power.
  • The Library was closed, most stores in town were open
  • No problems in Williamsburg
  • Drum Hill was okay, outside of the stop light at the intersection of Drum Hill and Parkhurst and the stop light at the circle.
  • No power on Bishop or State Street as of approximately 9 p.m.
  • Power was out on North Road as of approximately 3 p.m.
  • No power off Summer Street, Rivermeadow, Brook Street, Montcastle Drive or Tollcross Avenue as of approximately 3 p.m.
  • The Elm Street Bog access was still closed as of approximately 10 p.m.
  • Half of the 237,000 homes throughout the state were back online within the first 12 hours of the restoration efforts.
  • Estimated Restoration Time (ERT) grids will be available on the National Grid website after midnight on Tuesday
  • National Grid is asking anyone using a generator to place it outside in a well ventilated area and make sure the main circuit to the house is turned off it is in use. Otherwise, lineworkers may find an energized line unexpectedly and be injured, causing potential loss of life and delays in power restoration.
  • The Chelmsford Senior Center was open until 9 p.m. and will likely continue to be open for those without power for the near future.
Barbara October 31, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Brian Rd is in the Boston Rd , Parker Rd area and we still don't have lights!! Our street runs from Boston Rd to Parker Rd...why no lights ? We are always the last to get power back for the last 3 years!
Sue Carter October 31, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Is it just me or does it look like National Grid doesn't show any crews in Chelmsford on their map?? Hey wait - didn't I see on the news that they were sending crews down south to help out NY, NJ and CT?? Wish we could get some competition to National Grid for our business so that maybe they would improve their service and maintenance practices. The upper end of Burning Tree and Country Club Drive leading into Old Stage has been out since Monday at 1:30 and has the generic restoration estimate of 11:59 on November 2nd. Looks like another 5 day outage....
M October 31, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Barbara, I feel your pain, I live on Acton Road right at the beginning, we lose power every storm and we are also some of the last people to get power back. This time National Grid is saying Friday at 11:59 PM that means no power for 5 days. It is ridiculous. I can see the Center from my house and the building at 9 Acton Rd has power (always) but not us. Very Fustrating.
Kathleen October 31, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Response time is just as bad as the last storm. Power is still out in the Westlands. A minor inconvenience compared to folks in NY and NJ but none the less annoying!
Kathleen October 31, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I don't see any mention about the Westlands and Market basket in the above info. we still have no power as of today ( Wednesday)
Barbara Quinn October 31, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Why can't I see other people's comments?
Michael Moore October 31, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Perhaps the town should look into setting up a municipal run power department. Been a while since the state had a new one, but in all the towns that have them, the response/recovery times have been drastically better than National Grid/NStar etc.
Sue Carter October 31, 2012 at 07:40 PM
To Michael- I reached out to Littleton Electric and they told me "It is virtually impossible for Chelmsford to switch to LELWD Service or to become a Muni – Lexington has tried for 20 years and after the ice storm 3 years ago, a number of towns under UNITEL (Townsend, Lunenburg and Fitchburg lead by the Mayor) had legislation to allow an easier path to municipalization but that has and will continue to stall at the State House for a number of reasons". I guess we truly are hostages to National Grid. They have turned into a monopoly and should never have been allowed to get so big. I really wish we had a choice - I bet their reaction time would be a lot faster with real competition for our business.
katherine los October 31, 2012 at 10:39 PM
I would think there are so many homes in the Westlands, that crews could get a lot of homes up and running! Someone said Grandview Rd. is out, but the homes are further apart there....
Sunny November 01, 2012 at 12:24 AM
Is it feasible for Town of Chelmsford to have their own electric company? There are better service, no 5 days wait for electric to return, and incentives for residents and businesses to conserve energy. Town of Hudson is giving rebates for small business for switching fluorscent lights to LED lights; an informative monthly newsletter is sent to all customers. Ashburnham Muncipal Light & Power has their own solar farm.
Sue Davis November 01, 2012 at 12:25 PM
I'm all for this idea. Our electricity should not be at the whim of a publicly held company. I would willingly pay more to a municipal group if it meant less time in the dark. The head person of National Grid is a British Knight. What the heck? They don't care about us. They only care about their stock holders. Our electricity should be handled the same way our water and sewer are (with better accounting lol) ... locally!
Sue Carter November 01, 2012 at 12:54 PM
I am happy to report that power came to Country Club Drive before 9 last night. Thank you to the line crews!! I know you are not responsible for the poor management of your company and a special thanks to those coming from other regions to help us out. I think a great part of my frustration yesterday (besides the obvious) was National Grid's power outage map being so deceptive. They put a generic Friday night resolution time and have not kept up with showing crews who are actually working in town. Shame on the management. I was ready to move in with friends if it lasted 2 more nights - this map did nothing to improve my impressions of the honesty and integrity of National Grid as a company. Now that I can see the news, my heart goes out to NY and NJ. Is anyone organizing a relief aid of food/clothing etc??

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