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Boston residents clean up after Sandy

Posted by Patrick Rosso  October 30, 2012 12:42 PM

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A house with a tree resting on it in Mattapan.

As the clouds parted Tuesday, Boston residents began cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy.

From uprooted trees in Dorchester to leaves filling the roads in Mattapan, residents got busy in the wake of the storm that left many across the Commonwealth without power. However, the city escaped major damage.

“There was a loud boom and then the house shook more than it usually does when the airplanes fly over,” said John Connley, 55, who had a tree resting on his East Broadway home this morning.

Luckily for Connley, the tree did minimal damage to his home, just missing the nearby power lines and landing on his third-floor deck.

“This was probably worse than Irene,” added Connley. “The wind was pretty bad.”

In Dorchester, a number of trees went down during the storm’s high winds, including one on Pope’s Hill that crushed a portion of a home along Neponset Avenue.

Mattapan had a number of down trees as well, including one resting on the second-floor of a Newcroft Circle home and limbs strewn across Deering Road.

“I thought it was a pretty awesome storm other than having to clean up after,” said Welton Evan, 67, as he raked leaves in front of his Deering Road home.

Evan said he thought the storm didn’t pack the punch he expected.

“I thought Irene was worse, but the wind was blowing pretty hard,” Evan said.

Over in Roxbury residents were out early, dragging limbs out from their back yards and assessing damage.

“The storm was pretty gentle to us,” said Jett Thomas, 45, as she cleared broken branches from the front of her Crawford Street home. “I think Irene was worse, but my neighbor almost lost his deck to a tree.”

Overall many said the storm was powerful, but nothing like what was experienced south of the city where utility companies are working to restore power, clear roads, and get services running again.


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A Neponset Avenue home that was struck by a tree Monday.

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An uprooted tree on Ashmont Street.

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