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Hurricane Sandy Closes Roads, Cuts Off Power

Officials focused on three neighborhoods affected by Sandy.

 

As Woburn recovers from the wrath of Hurricane Sandy, officials are working hard to get the city back to normal. But, all things considered, officials believe Woburn was spared from a lot of damage.

Three neighborhoods experienced significant damages:

  • Bedford Road
  • Whispering Hills
  • Commerce Way

"All the public safety agencies were well prepared and well staffed going into the storm and during the height of the storm," said Mayor Scott Galvin on Tuesday morning.

Mayor Galvin reported that the city was in constant contact with NStar regarding the power outages and blown transformers in Woburn.

As of Tuesday morning, about three percent of Woburn's NStar customers are without power. 

Wondering what happened in Woburn yesterday? Take a look at which was updated constantly throughout the storm.

Bedford Road, which had a severe incident last night in which several residents were evacuated from the area, is still closed to traffic as crews repair the situation. Mayor Galvin said that many of the homes without power are in the Bedford Road area, stretching to Quimby and "everything in between."

The Hurld School is also closed Tuesday due to the power outage in the Bedford Road neighborhood. According to residents, crews have said that the power will be back on by noon in the area.

The city's other schools began on a two-hour delay today. City Hall re-opened at its regular time, and trash pickup continues on as scheduled.

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The Commerce Way area was also hit hard Tuesday night, as there was a fire at the Avis and Pella building. Other transformers also exploded in the area, causing more problems. Crews were on scene Tuesday morning to repair the damage, but many buildings in the commercial area are still without power. Traffic lights at the Target shopping center and the Route 93 off-ramp are still blinking as of 10 a.m. this morning.

"Aside from those [three neighborhoods], all in all, we’re pretty fortunate to be where we are," said Mayor Galvin. "We don’t have any major damages to municipal properties. All our water supplies are fine. We didn’t have much flooding to mention at all."

The mayor commended the city's Police Department, Fire Department and Department of Public Works.

"We're fortunate to have those municipal departments," said Mayor Galvin. "They really step up when these events happen and they always come through with flying colors. We're proud of them for that."

Jay October 30, 2012 at 04:49 PM
We should thank the surrounding Fire Departments who provided mutual aid to Woburn. These departments were provided with extra staffing during the storm and were necessary due to the high volume of emergencies and the failure of Woburn officials to staff extra firefighters.
Pete Standley October 30, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Commend the DPW crews last night. A neighbors pine tree came down around 5:30 and completely blocked the road in my neighborhood and within an hour the DPW crew arrived and cleared the downed tree. Well done.
Rosa DiTucci October 30, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I want to thank the DPW for all their hard work during Hurricane Sandy. The Scalley Dam at Horn Pond is a major area of concern during every storm. The DPW crews were there throughout, managing the water levels and keeping a close eye on the situation. I spoke to Deputy Superintendent of Public Works Tucker Quinn on Saturday and he informed me that in preparation for the rain, they had proactively lowered the pond level to alleviate potential flooding and were continuing to do so through the storm. Thank you so much to Jay Duran, Tucker Quinn and their marvelous crews! And in case you think no one noticed, I received calls from residents of the area who were comforted by the fact that our people were on hand and monitoring the situation closely! Rosa DiTucci Alderman Ward 1
sarah October 30, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Calling help from as far away as malden fire departmen is well staffed?? Epic failure on behalf of the fire department administration
John Wright October 30, 2012 at 07:51 PM
The fire chief is the only one that refused to add extra personnel to help with the storm. It was a state of emergency; is he crazy? Every department, including police, fire and dpw, in every town added extra man power. He is a threat to public safety and to his staff. I had my scanner on and the Woburn Fire Dept. was running around crazy all night to respond to every kind of call possible. From what I heard, the fire chief was no where to be seen, either. He relied on other towns, who luckily hired extra guys, to assist. If those towns weren't available, the city would have been in worse shape. Kudos the the fire dept. for having to put up with him.
AJ October 30, 2012 at 08:38 PM
Why would Malden Fire assist Woburn Fire unless Woburn did not staff extra firefighters during the hurricane?.?. Maybe the Patch can find out the truth.
John Wright October 30, 2012 at 08:48 PM
From what I have been told, AJ, the chief refused to hire extra firefighters; the police doubled their numbers.
EMR October 31, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Extra staff was called in and from what I heard and saw the chief was out at many locations all day/ night. stop pointing the thumb and say job well done by Yall of Woburn!!! John wright what role did you play in the storm?!
John Wright October 31, 2012 at 11:10 AM
EMR, albeit I did not do participate much during the storm since I am not a first responder or city official, it is fact no extra staff was put on. I am not knocking the great job done by all the cities staff; I am pointing out the chief's negligence. It's public record, look it up. Where did you see him?
Walt Cassell October 31, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Seems like the after effects are whats getting me. Two hours to drive 15 miles yesterday to get to work. At 2 am this morning A honking branch broke off my tree and was blocking the whole driveway ( it didnt get the car though) So two days of work missed this week. I wonder what's next?
Walt Cassell November 01, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Finally back to normal here. Got plenty of wood for the fireplace. When my wife gets here there will be plenty of cozy fires to come! Over all, from what I have seen The City has a great crew of workers. Police, Fire, and DPW. Great job!
John Wright November 02, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Well? Where did you see him? I know where he was. Tell me where you saw him; and I will let tell you that you're wrong.
D.Rose November 02, 2012 at 08:59 PM
EMR....please. Don't insult the men who actually put the cities needs over their own familes. Answer Johns question.
RE November 02, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I’m just curious if the Cities Lead Officials sit down prior to a “State of Emergency” and have a meeting discussing; What could the needs be for the city? What additional resources are going to be needed? Are emergency shelters put in place? Do they discuss the (man power) resources that are going to be needed? Question: Mr. Mayor, did you have a meeting like this knowing of a potential dangerous storm and where these issues brought up? Did you not think the fire department would not need additional manpower on the eve of a perfect storm? Kudos to Woburn Fire Department for its 152 responded calls that night and a big thank you from the assistance from Wilmington Fire, Winchester Fire, Malden Fire, Burlington Fire, Stoneham Fire and Reading Fire.
G.R. November 03, 2012 at 01:05 PM
A special thanks to the DPW for all the hard work. Apparently the mayor doesn't realize the fire dept is a public safety agency. "All the public safety agencies were well prepared and well staffed going into the storm and during the height of the storm," said Mayor Scott Galvin

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