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About half of Quincy customers without power Saturday evening

Posted by Your Town  February 9, 2013 09:17 PM

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In Quincy, which was hit by outages Friday night, some had begun to shovel out, but others reported being trapped by snow and worried about how to get to a shelter the city had opened. One resident said Hancock Street, a major travel atery, had an 8-foot bank of snow.

As of 8 p.m., more than half of Quincy customers, nearly 23,000, were without power. Councilor Palmucci reported that he is getting reports that power is coming back on in west Quincy, neighborhood by neighborhood.

See a full round up of outages here.

Quincy resident Rakiesha Chase-Jackson and her husband spent the first part of Saturday morning in their Volkswagen GTI, charging phones so they could communicate via Twitter, listening to NPR, and -- most importantly -- warming up.

The storm knocked out power to couple’s apartment in the Wollaston Beach area sometime around 10 p.m. Friday, cutting the electricity that operates the thermostat.

“Without the thermostats,” Chase-Jackson said, “we hunkered down in the [heated] car. Sadly there’s no portable kitchen, so we had to come back inside to make food.”

Meanwhile, Unitil and Western Massachusetts Electric Co., which is also part of Northeast Utilities, saw very few outages Friday night into Saturday morning.

“We expect winds to remain strong throughout the day, so we still have a full complement of crews ready to respond should we get outages,” Unitil spokeswoman Carol Valianti said via email. “The one thing we are urging customers to do is keep their gas meters and vents clear of snow.”

Meanwhile, the city of Quincy posted the following statement on its website:

The snow emergency will remain in effect through Monday morning. Residents who do not have essential travel needs are asked to remain in their homes and off the roads so that crews can perform snow plowing/removal.

National Grid has repaired the major cause of the widespread outages in the City, but restoration to individual homes and neighborhoods will take several hours, and residents may not have power restored for more than a day. Priority is being given to medical facilities and nursing homes/senior buildings.

Residents are asked to remain patient relative to specific snow plowing requests due to the severity of this storm. Crews will be working throughout the day today, tomorrow and early week to restore full access to roadways. The City is aware that certain streets have not seen plows as of Saturday morning. Keep in mind this was an historic storm, and returning the roads to original condition is a tremendous task that will take multiple days.

If you are in need of emergency shelter, two shelters are open. Please call the Emergency Operations Center at 617-376-1105 for shelter information. If you are experiencing flooding, please call 617-376-1910.

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