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Belmont schools closed Tuesday as town cleans up from Hurricane Sandy

Posted by Leslie Anderson  October 29, 2012 09:00 PM

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All Belmont public schools will be closed Tuesday in order to clean up storm damage, school officials announced after Hurricane Sandy swept through the region.

Fallen trees and power outages kept Belmont public safety officials busy throughout the day Monday. Late in the afternoon there 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.

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

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