Hurricane Sandy Outage Update: Less Than 1 Percent Without Power in Stoughton
As of 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, less than 1-percent of the town is without power as a result of Hurricane Sandy, down from a high of 17-percent.
Update VI - Oct 31, 2:30 p.m. - In an email sent at about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday morning, Deputy Fire Chief Greg Goldberg writes:
"Of the 12,399 National Grid customers in Stoughton, 106 were still listed without service, that is down from yesterday's 2 p.m. number of 2065. Probably less now as crews I know are out working [editor's note: as of 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday there are just 72 outages, or 0.6 percent of the town's customers].
"The liaison is still working with me in the Station and we are communicating constatnly and go out & assess the town several times a day. National Grid has gotten quite a lot accomplished in 24 hours. Many of the customers still out have personal damage to their homes that will need repair and inspection before they can be reconnected.
"After an 11 a.m. conference call with National Grid, they are in day 2 of the restoration stage. They are dealing with single customer issues and small side streets. National Grid is predicting all south shore customers will be restored by midnight Thursday."
Update V - Oct. 31, 5 a.m. - The National Grid outage website shows 142 of the town's 12,399 customers are without power (1.1 percent). Latest estimated time of restoration is by Nov. 1 at 11:59 p.m.
Update IV - Oct. 30, 4:30 p.m. - The National Grid outage website shows 573 of the town's 12,399 customers are without power (4.6 percent).
Update III - Oct. 30, 2:30 p.m. - There is a slight uptick in the previous outage total, according to the National Grid outage website. The website reports 707 of the town's 12,399 customers are without power (5.7 percent), up from 557 reported at 11:40 a.m.
Update II - Oct. 30, 11:40 a.m. - National Grid has made significant progress restoring power to Stoughton customers Tuesday morning. The National Grid outage website reports that 557 of the town's 12,399 customers are without power (about 4.5 percent).
This is down from a peak of 2,103 customers without power (17 percent) Tuesday morning.
Based on the outage map, the largest area of outages in town (1,600+ in North Stoughton) has largely been restored, although scattered pockets of outages remain there and all throughout the town - the downtown, South Stoughton (Sumner St.) and Highland St. areas in particular.
Update I - Oct. 30, 10:30 a.m. - 2,080 of the town's 12,399 customers are still without power (16.8 percent).
Original Story - Oct. 30, 6:00 a.m.
After dealing with Hurricane Sandy on Monday, a little more than one-sixth of the town woke up Tuesday morning without power.
According to the National Grid outage website, 2,103 of the town's 12,399 customers (17 percent) are without power as of 6 a.m. on Tuesday. There is no estimated time of restoration. The National Grid website said it is simply "assessing [the] condition."
Large pockets of outages include the Sumner St. area near the Brockton line; the Highland St. area near Ames Pond; and a large section of North Stoughton (1,600+ customers) covering parts of the Pleasant St., Turnpike St. and Page St. area.
When winds associated with Hurricane Sandy started to intensify in the Stoughton area, it coincided with an increase in the number of reported power outages.
After experiencing only scattered outages in the first few hours of the storm, the number of outages in Stoughton spiked between 2 and 3 p.m. on Monday.
Just prior to 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 29, Stoughton officials announced on the town's website that Stoughton had declared a local state of emergency as the town dealt with Hurricane Sandy. Officials asked residents to stay off the roads, if at all possible.
Stoughton Public Schools were closed on Monday, the first weather-related cancellation of the year. Stoughton Town Hall, the Stoughton Public Library and the Stoughton Senior Center were also all closed on Monday.
But schools will be open on Tuesday. And, the "Town will be fully operational" Tuesday, Interim Town Manager Joseph Feaster told About Town columnist Mark Snyder. The DPW will also be collecting trash, but asks that all rubbish is placed curbside by 7 a.m. to assure pickup.
While the worst of the storm is over, rain and high wind is in the forecast on Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS says the Stoughton area will see a persistent 13-16 mph southeast wind with gusts as a high as 40+ mph. There is also a chance of showers on Wednesday and Thursday, with the rainy weather clearing by Friday.
If you are calling for a power outage, contact National Grid at 1-800-322-3223 (1-800-465-1212); do not call 911. If you know of downed wires, however, Call 911 with the description and location.