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Braintree sees some property damage, scattered power outages from wind event

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  January 31, 2013 11:03 AM

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Approximately 500 customers were without power at some point in Braintree Wednesday night due to strong winds that toppled trees and brought down wires throughout the town.

Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) said it was finishing up repairs Thursday morning, and – except for one apartment building - no customer was without power longer than an hour.

“We have one section of town we’re finishing up on, and it keeps getting hit over and over…it’s the same customers that keep getting impacted, but they are only out 15 minutes at a time,” said JoAnn Stak Bregnard, a marketing and programming director for BELD.

Existing outages Thursday morning were near the High School, though Stak Bregnard said things were easing up as the morning went on.

At the mayor’s office, things were a bit more hectic.

“We did have part of a chimney fall off of 74 Pond St., which hosts the Youth Center, retirement board, and the Marge Crispin Center, and the Dianne Devanna Center as well,” said Peter Morin, chief of operations and staff for the town. “It’s being assessed by our building inspector right now and once winds die down, the fire department will get up and do further examination, but right now they can't because wind is too high.”

According to Morin, reported gusts were as high as 70 miles an hour.

Department of Public Works crews were also out throughout the town cleaning up debris last night into this morning.

According to Morin, crews also removed a tree from John Leroy Way – a road into the high school.

Although there is a lot of debris throughout town, Morin said the event wasn’t big enough to open up the transfer station to accept debris items.

Though majority of damaging winds have already occurred, weather website weatherforyou.com said a wind advisory would be in effect until 6 p.m. Thursday night.

“The strongest winds have already occurred. Winds will slowly subside through this afternoon,” the website said.

Winds were said to be at 15 to 25 miles an hour on Thursday with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour.

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