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Belmont dealing with fallen trees, power outages

Posted by Laura Franzini  October 29, 2012 05:10 PM

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Fallen trees and power outages kept Belmont public safety officials busy Monday as Hurricane Sandy swept through the region.

Late this afternoon where were power outages in the town's Harvard Lawn area, and trees had taken down wires all across town, according to police chief Richard McLaughlin.

Belmont's Emergency Management Agency (BEMA) tweeted that trees and wires were down on Chestnut Street midafternoon. The tweet said that the Department of Public Works and the Light Department had been notified.

McLaughlin said no injuries had been reported, and officers had been responding to and answering "a lot of calls" throughout the day.

Earlier Monday, before the brunt of the storm hit the area, BEMA said that its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) had 10 members on standby to assist town emergency services, if needed.

The town announced on its website that, due to the weather emergency, town and school offices would be closed on Monday, including the Beech Street Center and the library, and encouraged residents to call 911 in case of an emergency.

Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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