Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Service restoration improvements and better communications in place at one year anniversary.
- PUBLIC SAFETY
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
One year ago, Tropical Storm Irene battered the eastern seaboard creating unprecedented damage and interrupting electric service to millions along the east coast. As of Aug. 28, 2011, it was the most severe storm to hit New England in 20 years. Massachusetts was not spared from Irene’s wrath. Her fury ravaged National Grid’s electricity system and left more than 518,000 customers without power in 170 of the 172 communities served by National Grid in the state. From that devastation has come innovation in the way National Grid prepares for severe weather, allocates its resources to restore power more quickly, and communicates with its customers and public safety officials. “We understand and acknowledge that many of our customers and …
Your Patch Facts for the day.
Five Things You Need to Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. Check back later for more, and let us know what you think of the feature in the comments section. 1. High near 82, low around 58 Showers and thunderstorms are 80 percent likely before 2 p.m., followed by scattered showers. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible. Patchy fog is expected before 10 a.m. The temperature high will be near 82. Southwest wind will be around 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low around 58. North wind will be around 7 mph. 2. Covidien Wellness Walk The Deutsche Bank Championship …
Friday, August 10, 2012
Emergency Management Agency urges residents to make survival kits, gives tips on preparing for storms.
As townspeople wade through the last weeks of the long hot summer, it’s easy to forget the discomfort and frustration of last year’s storm season, where a freak snowstorm in October and the wrath of Hurricane Irene combined to create mountains of debris, closed roads, and days without power for almost everyone in the area. Fire Chief Paul Schleicher and Raymond Cord of the Emergency Management Agency urged residents at Thursday’s selectmen’s meeting to be aware that the hurricane season has in fact begun. Schleicher recalled selectwoman Mary Steele’s recommendation at the “after-action meeting” following the Hurricane Irene debacle that residents need to take more responsibility for their own welfare. He noted FEMA (the federal emergency…
Friday, September 30, 2011
Norton officials criticize National Grid response to tropical storm.
Selectmen and public safety officials are looking uneasily into the face of winter, hoping for no repeats of the power outages and near disasters tropical storm Irene brought to the town. Thursday, they told National Grid representatives in no uncertain terms they are expecting great improvements in both service and response time should another storm hit the Norton area. With more than 20 poles snapped or felled on N. Washington Street alone, wires in the road all over town and both Comcast and internet service wiped out along with the local cable access station, town residents and public safety were literally in the dark about what was going on. They couldn’t tell which wires were live and which were dead, and how long the power losses …
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
This is an abbreviated version of the Norton Fire Department log.
Wednesday, Aug. 17 4:12 p.m.: Harvey Street/John Scott Boulevard, EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 4:45 p.m.: 190 Mansfield Ave., EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 5:24 p.m.: 50 Lincoln St., EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 6:43 p.m.: 250 Mansfield Ave., EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. Thursday, Aug. 18 8:45 a.m.: 7 J.F. Kennedy Drive, EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 9:55 a.m.: 46 Pleasant St., municipal alarm sounded. 10:11 a.m.: 55 Newland St., EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 3:52 p.m.: 17 W. Main St., EMS call excluding motor vehicle accident with injury. 4:50 p.m.: Route 495 North, EMS call excluding …
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
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Emergency preparation weaknesses to be studied.
Selectmen acknowledged last week that although Norton staff did everything possible to cope with Hurricane Irene, prolonged power outages and a lack of communication made life miserable for many. Perhaps the most distressing aspect of Norton's response to the storm was that power was out for days for the dozens of elderly citizens in the town's West Main Street senior citizen housing complex, and no backup plan was in evidence. "The people on our end did everything they could," said veteran board member Bob Kimball. He noted National Grid workers came in from all over the country to help get Norton's power back up, and said he knew they too had made sacrifices to be there. Pointing out 1,700 Wheaton students were also without electricity, …
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Document all claims, and review policies, he suggests.
This weekend’s storm – Hurricane Irene – may not have been the epic weather event some experts predicted. But the combination of high winds and heavy rain did cause property damage from downed tree limbs and water. If your home or automobile sustained damage as a result of the storm, you may have a right to make a claim either against your homeowner’s or automobile insurance policy. If you have flood insurance, that may be applicable as well. If the damage was caused by a tree on someone else’s property, you may have a right to bring a claim against the neighbor. There are some basic things you should do when pursuing an insurance claim. First, make sure that you document carefully all items that are going to be the subject of a claim. …
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Several roads blocked off by trees.
Thursday, Sept. 1 Rep. Barrows along with Town Officials have been talking at length about the problems with Cross Street, Johnson and Eisnor Drive areas of town. National Grid assures that this area is being addressed as quickly as possible. Wednesday, Aug. 31 10:26 p.m.: If you are without power in Norton or know someone who is call 508-285-3300. Over 95% of Norton has been restored. A brush dump has been opened on Harvey Street at the Water Department. It is open from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 10:51 a.m.: Wheaton College will start classes Thursday. 10:43 a.m.: 1,260 National Grid customers remain without power. For specific areas or problems, call 800-465-1212. 9:21 a.m.: Approximately 1700 National Grid customers remain without power. …
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
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