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NSTAR: All Newton homes should have power by 11 a.m. Thursday

Posted by Derek McLean  August 31, 2011 05:30 PM

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Derek McLean for the Boston Globe

A fallen utility pole with active telephone wires blocked part of Central Street in Newton on Monday.

Newton residents who are still without electricity after Tropical Storm Irene should see their lights back on by 11 a.m. Thursday, NSTAR said in an updated report.

According to the NSTAR website, 536 residential customers, or 1.35 percent of the city's total, were still without power as of 4 p.m. today.

The number of outages have gone down from a high of 5,000 on Sunday, said Aaron Goldman, the mayor's citizens assistance officer.

As of Tuesday afternoon, cleaning up after the storm had cost the city approximately $370,000, he said.

Goldman said the city needs to wait for NSTAR to take care of downed live electrical wires. Newton workers can remove trees that knocked down the wires, in coordination with NSTAR.

As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, according to the city website, Newton streets that were still closed off or partially closed off included Allston Street, Central Street, Chase Street, Dorset Road, Fairfield Street, Fairflee Road, Farina Road, Garden Road, Highland Street (Newtonville), Holly Road, Hyde Avenue, Meadowbrook Road, Oliver Road, Roslyn Road, Truman Road just east of Parker, and Wheeler Road.

Heavy trucks will collect heavy limbs that residents leave at curbsides over the next one to two weeks, Goldman said.

Derek McLean can be reached at dbmclean1@gmail.com. Follow us on Twitter: @NewtonUpdate

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