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Braintree returns to normal days after Sandy

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 31, 2012 01:16 PM

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Braintree officials say everything is back to normal as of Wednesday, two days after Hurricane Sandy ripped through the Atlantic Coast.

Although the town did not see any significant damage from the storm, at its peak approximately 345 customers were without power. A total of 1,000 customers lost power throughout the course of the storm.

As of Tuesday morning, however, all power had been restored to homes.

“One of the things that worked well was [Braintree Electric Light Department] has been installing new meters that will self-notify if there are outages instead of people calling in. There were 940 outages, even though there were 36 calls made. There was emergency response to all of them before there were event calls,” said Peter Morin, chief of staff and operations for the town.

“It worked well. It was very strong interdepartmental cooperation, and we were fortunate the storm took the track that it did and we could respond to it appropriately,” Morin said.

To compensate for the storm, Braintree will have curbside trash pick-up one day late for the rest of the week ending on Saturday.

There will also be a townwide yard-waste pickup on Saturday. Yard waste should be curbside by 7 a.m.

The compost site at the DPW will also have extended hours this weekend, though what those hours will be has not yet been determined.

The storm has also had no impact on Halloween, which is going off as scheduled all throughout town. Trick-or-treating will occur between 4 and 8 p.m. this evening.

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“It’s as normal as it gets,” Morin said.

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