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Hingham escapes Sandy's wrath, power returned to all homes Tuesday morning

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  October 30, 2012 09:13 AM

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Hingham was mostly back to normal Tuesday after Sandy’s winds knocked out power sporadically around town Monday afternoon.

Besides an expected all-day street closure on Beal St. at West St. and Fottler Rd. which was to allow tree crews to clear area (pictured above), in most parts of town it was like the storm never occurred.

“Things are very well in Hingham. We had a few brief power outages, but nothing widespread. And we had a couple of trees that came down, but nothing that would prevent people being in their houses. We fared very well, we’re very fortunate,” said Betty Foley, Assistant Town Administrator and PR spokesperson for the Emergency Operations Center.

Hingham did not experience any flooding in coastal areas, and neighborhoods did not see any flooding from the rain.

Foley even received an email from a resident, impressed that 10 minutes after he called about a downed tree in the roadway in front of his house, that it was cleaned up in cleared.

In addition to great work by DPW employees, Paul Heanue, General Manager for Hingham Municipal Light Plant, said light crews did an exceptional job handling issues during the storm.

“When we put the crews down for the night at 1 a.m., every outage, even single services, were back on. There are some houses who my not have lights, but it was because they needed an electrician…but in terms of our area of responsibility, done, done, and done,” he said.

According to Heanue, at various points during the day, circuits may have been out, and at some points workers needed to kill circuits to make a repair, with outages lasting only approximately five minutes.

Overall, however, things went smoothly.

“We were able to keep up all day yesterday. I never felt we were becoming overwhelmed. They were continuing to come in, but we kept up with them,” Heanue said.

Hingham officials are grateful the storm went as well as it did, especially after seeing the devastation that occurred in New York and New Jersey due to the storm.

“We were very fortunate. I look at what’s going on in other parts of the country, and I say ‘wow’,” Foley said.

All town offices are open on Tuesday. For more updates, visit the town’s website.

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