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Dover, NSTAR slowly restoring power

Posted by Laura Franzini  October 30, 2012 02:56 PM

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NSTAR crews in Dover are working on restoring power to the Farm Street area after a large pine tree fell and took out all of the primary power lines in the area.

Fire chief Jay Hughes said that those power lines feed the regional schools complex, and the damage had a factor in closing the town's schools Monday and Tuesday.

"NSTAR hopes to have power restored to the schools this afternoon," Hughes said Tuesday, adding that the town's primary goal has been to get blocked roads opened.

Hughes said there are still about 15 to 20 roads closed in Dover, though they are mainly secondary roads. He said crews were working to get the main roads opened first in order to get more equipment and personnel through to clean up the smaller roads.

"We hope to be in much better shape this afternoon and tomorrow," he said.

NSTAR reported around 4 p.m. Tuesday that approximately 21 percent of Dover customers--about 468--were still without power.

No injuries or structural damage to cars or houses were reported in town, Hughes said. A highway maintenance truck was struck by a tree limb but Hughes said the vehicle can still be driven.

Hughes said that tree crews have been put on hold as electrical lines are cleaned up, so that crews are not touching any trees wrapped up in live wires. He said there have been some small fires along fallen power lines, but they have not spread.

Hughes said Halloween trick-or-treating in Dover will likely be held Wednesday evening as scheduled.

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

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