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Hull makes progress to recovery after massive blizzard pummels coast

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 10, 2013 12:16 PM

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Approximately 95 percent of Hull has had power restored as the coastal community works to recover from a massive blizzard Friday night.

According to Hull Fire Chief Robert Hollingshead, the Director of Emergency Management, there are only a few isolated houses that do not have power yet, majority of which are assessing any water damage before turning the electrify back on.

“When power gets turned back on, [we are] making sure none outlets were damaged, effecting electrical support,” Hollingshead said.

The most problematic area of concern is Gunrock, which had a lot of structural damage to the seawall.

“There was seawall damage and some seawalls have been undermined, trying to fix those today so we don’t lose them,” Hollingshead said.

The storm also kicked up a lot of debris onto the roads in coastal areas, which the town is working to clean up today.

In the meantime, the town is working to better plow roads, widening them and improving driving visibility.

The town will also start to open sidewalks on Sunday, the town said in a recorded announcement.

“The goal is to get all roads open and access to homes established,” the recording said.

Officials were unsure if Hull schools would open on Monday.

In the recorded message, town officials said they were grateful there was no loss of life and that the storm did not have a more destructive impact on the town.

Hollingshead too said the town was well on its way to normalcy.

“We’re close to being back on our feet,” he said. “Some of the roads are pretty tough as far as push back. People in hull are going to be OK moving forward.”

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