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UPDATE: 5% of Framingham Still Without Power

Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin said NSTAR told him they have 12 crews working in Framingham today and hope to have everyone will power by Thursday night.

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m.

At 4:45 p.m. NSTAR is up to 5% of the town without power or 1,542 customers.

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At 2 p.m., NSTAR is reporting 1,480 customers without power in Framingham.

That is an increase. The best way to explain the increase is using Christmas lights. You need to unplug the entire string of lights to fix the one that goes out.

Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin went out to survey NSTAR crews in Framingham this afternoon. He tells Framingham Patch that the dangerous situation at Potter Road and Eaton should be fixed in a couple of hours.

"That will restore power to an entire neighborhood - 104 customers," said Halpin.

He also said NSTAR told him they have a permanent fix to the problem at Route 30/Speen Street and it should be fixed more the evening's commute.

Halpin said NSTAR told him they have 12 crews working in Framingham today and hope to have everyone will power by Thursday night.

Lake and Cove Avenue had power returned this afternoon after more than 48 hours without power.

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At 11:30 a.m., NSTAR is reporting 1,216 customers without power.

The Route 30/Speen Street intersection is still without power at 8 a.m., but readers tell Framingham Patch four officers were directing traffic this morning.

At 8 a.m. NSTAR is reporting, 1,215 customers without power, or roughly 4% of the town.

The MetroWest YMCA has electricity and is open. The pool will open today at 1 p.m. The Framingham branch also has working phones and hot water, again.

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As of 1:30 a.m. NSTAR was reporting that 4% of Framingham, or 1,245 customers were without power. Some have been without power now more than 24 hours.

Ten roads in Framingham remain impassable, as of Tuesday night, according to Framingham Town Manager Bob Halpin.

One of them is Potter and Eaton roads, where there are cones acros the road, said Selectmen Chair Charlie Sistsky. "I saw a neighbor made a homemade sign, that said closed."

Halpin told Selectmen Tuesday (7 p.m.) the good news is the percentage of customers without power is down to 5% or 1,500.

The bad news "the needle didn't change much all day." Halpin said he later learned the reason why is that NSTAR had pulled crews out of Framingham.

NSTAR, after Hurricane Irene and last year's Snowtober storm, told Framingham it would assign a tree crew with each line crew, said Sistsky. "I understand that did not work out too well."

Halpin confirmed there were instances Tuesday that line crews were without tree crews and tree crews without line crews. He said NSTAR told him they pulled crews out of Framingham to Sherborn, which at one point had 95% of its residents without power during the heigh of the storm.

Selectmen Dennis Giombetti asked how NSTAR is communicating when power would be back on to residents and businesses. Halpin said he wasn't sure on that communication, but that he was communicating priority needs of the town to NSTAR.

Giombetti lost power for a couple of hours during the storm, the other Selectmen Tuesday night did not.

Halpin told Selectmen NSTAR told him some residents may not get back power until Thursday.

Tuesday, some residents had already reached 24 hours without power and their frustration was growing with each hour without power.

Kerry Dunne on McAdams Road said she and her family were trapped within their home until about noon on Tuesday without power, not knowing if all the downed wires were live.

"End of McAdams Rd. still looks like a war zone, tons of wires and trees down and no power," said Dunne.

They finally ventured out and she called NSTAR yet again but she is "still very concerned about the downed wires everywhere" adding she still has no official word if the wires are live or not.

She sent Framingham Patch photos of downed trees and wires at her and her neighbor's home. They are attached to this report.

She is not alone with her frustration. Residents near Anna Murphy Playground - Lake and Cove avenues - have been without power since 2 p.m. on Monday. That area, like McAdams road looks like a mess, and no one had started cleanup or restoration efforts as of dusk Tuesday.

Nicholas Fish wrote on Framingham Patch Facebook "Took my kids to Anna Murphy today for some basketball, what a mess, my prayers are with you all!!"

The 4% without power is down from a high of 22% at 11 p.m. on Monday. NSTAR reports it has 29,674 customers in the Town of Framingham.

As clean up continues today, Framingham Public Schools are open today. Parents were asked to either walk their child(ren) to the bus stop or to drive them to school and to be aware of debris and possible live wires.

Yesterday, motorists found nightmare conditions at two major intersections in town. Signals were out at both the Route 126/Old Conn Path intersection and the Route 30/Speen Street intersection.

"There should be a police officer at the intersection of Speen and 30," wrote Cheryl Rizza Innis on Framingham Patch's Facebook page. "It's a nightmare trying to get across in either direction."

According to reader Melissa Ramsay the intersection had been without power since 6 p.m. Monday. "She said the MassPike "ramp at exit 13 today (Tuesday) was backed up all the way to the State Police barracks today from the lights being out!"

Diane Tiger had to drive through that intersection twice on Tuesday. She said someone "dropped some stop signs to try to make it a 4-way stop, but it's ridiculous to think that can manage 10 lanes of traffic. There really should be an officer there," she told Framingham Patch.

These two intersections were not the only ones giving motorists concern. Reader Nancy Littlefield sent Framingham Patch a photo of a signal at the intersection of Waushakum and Route 126 were it had a green and red light at the same time.

But while motorists had issues, many businesses were still without power on Tuesday. Dunkin Donuts and Margaritas on Route 30 was both closed, but Red Roof Inn was open, via a generator.

Eggcetera, at 665 Cochituate Rd, also was without power Tuesday but still serving coffee and egg sandwiches via a butane burner.

Over at the Old Conn Path/Route 126 Intersection, BJ's and Stop & Shop were operating on generator.

Sistsky said he drove through the intersection on his way to the Selectmen's meeting and he didn't see anybody working on it.

The MetroWest YMCA Framingham Branch, also located at that intersection,  opened on Tuesday but was forced to close and send home kids, due to an electrical problem. It hopes to open this morning, but even if it does. it has no hot water.

Businesses and residents, who may be on generators, should be running them from outside their homes or in a well-ventilated area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.

Framingham emergency crews and public works crews were out all day Monday and Tuesday responding to emergencies and reports of downed trees and wires. A Framingham firefighter was injured while dodging a falling tree Monday evening.

Sistsky Tuesday night said he drove a lot around town during the storm to see what is going on and said "all of our employees did an admirable job working for the Town of Framingham. Too Bad NSTAR can't follow their lead."

Even those who had powered restored on Tuesday, were not sure how long it would last.

"The 'fix' on Hemenway Rd is temporary though - NStar put the tree that had fallen on the power line upright, and tied it to a neighboring tree. Then they left and the power came back on. I wonder if it will hold with the wind picking up again," wrote Sacha Panic on Framingham Patch's Facebook page.

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If you see a downed tree, in a non-life threatening situation, the town is asking resients to call the Framingham Highway/Operations Center at 508-532-6030.

If a tree falls and there is a life threatening situation, ie injuries or a downed wire, please call 9-1-1.

If you are without power, NSTAR is asking that you report it to them directly at 800-592-2000.

Susan Petroni November 01, 2012 at 02:30 AM
@Brian -- Margaritas had power restored and I'm told the signal at Route 30 and Speen has been fixed -- so if yours a different circuit???
Kira Gagarin November 01, 2012 at 03:07 AM
I just moved (office) to 150 Speen Street today. The signal at Speen and Route 30 was working by the end of the day and no issues at 150 Speen Street. Sorry to hear 160 is still down...
Brian Garry November 01, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Susan. I am on the same line but different circuit then 160 and Speen. I was told it should be completed by tonight. We will see!!
Susan Petroni November 01, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Brian - NSTAR told Town Manager everyone should be back on by the end of the day. Let us know when you get power back. Thanks for uploading the photo!
Brian Garry November 03, 2012 at 11:14 AM
Still no power @ the Zippity Do Dog.:( Sounds like I an one of the 45 that are still out in Framingham. Maybe today.

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