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Lexington Police recommend parents keep trick-or-treaters indoors

Posted by Brock Parker  October 31, 2011 10:47 AM

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Lexington Police are strongly recommending parents not allow their children go trick-or-treating tonight because of danger posed by electric wires knocked down by the Nor’easter Saturday.

The lack of operating street lights and the fact that tree branches are obstructing sidewalks have also prompted the town’s recommendation to keep children from venturing out in their costumes this Halloween.

Selectmen declared a state of emergency and schools were canceled in Lexington today.

Town Manager Carl Valente said Monday that "our recommendation for right now is [parents] keep their children inside because we don’t think it’s safe for them to be out in either dark neighborhoods or neighborhoods with lots of debris and we’ll reassess this week to see if we can give any other guidance to parents.”

Valente said the town is also asking parents not to call Lexington’s public safety departments with questions about whether there is going to be an approved day for Halloween trick-or-treating.

Valente said the departments are already overwhelmed with calls about fallen trees and power lines, and it’s too early to make any determination about whether there will be an approved day for trick-or-treating.

Several thousand residents were still without power following the storm, and utility provider NStar estimated that it would be Wednesday evening before power has been restored to all of its customers in Lexington. Of NStar’s 13,121 customers in Lexington, about 4,595, or 35 percent, were without power this morning, according to the company Web site.

Lexington Police Lt. James Barry said many of the fallen electrical wires are entangled in downed tree branches, and the wires must be removed before the trees and limbs can be cleared. As a result, a number of streets in the town remained closed, and others, including a portion of Massachusetts Avenue and Adams Street, have been reopened after storm damage had made the roadways impassable.

Barry said tree removal crews continue to work throughout the town along with electrical crews.

“It’s a big undertaking,” Barry said. “There’s a lot of damage.”

Barry estimated about 4 inches of snow fell in the town. Much of it fell on trees that had not yet lost their leaves this autumn.

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