Two days after Hurricane Sandy tore through the Atlantic Coast, Scituate officials say National Grid is still working on restoring power to all its customers.
Approximately 500 customers are still without power in Scituate on Wednesday, yet overall numbers are down; on Tuesday morning, the number was 3,100.
The drop is pleasing for town officials, who still carry with them the troubling memory of power restoration efforts from Hurricane Irene last year.
“I think we were pleasantly surprised," said Selectmen Chairman Joseph Norton. "In the past, National Grid has not been as responsive as we hoped they would be, but it appeared this year, with the exception of these 500 or so homes that are still out, they did fix most of the problem."
Elsewhere, things have been going smoothly, Norton said. Informal discussions between officials suggest that just about every aspect of the town's response worked. Public safety crews were at the ready to handle whatever came at them, and any minor flooding or power outages that occurred were to be expected.
“There were no surprises, the walls held up all along Scituate coast, which is a good thing. A lot of planning went into it. [Town officials] met over the weekend and laid out every possible scenario and how to deal with it, and the planning paid off,” Norton said. “I think we hoped for the best, planned for the worst, and it worked out fine for us.”
While crews continue their steady pace to restore the power, Norton said everything else is, for the most part, back to normal.
The transfer station is operating on normal hours, and Halloween trick-or-treating is scheduled to occur as planned.
“Halloween is going on. The harbor will have its usual thousands of children going to the merchants, and people will be traveling from house to house,” Norton said. “Everything is back to normal.”
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