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Sherborn still affected by power outages, blocked roads

Posted by Laura Franzini  October 30, 2012 12:34 PM

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Almost half of Sherborn is still without power Tuesday, and several roads have been blocked by fallen trees and power lines.

NSTAR's online outage map said 747 Sherborn customers do not have power, which accounts for about 43 percent of the town. Fire chief and Emergency Management director Neil McPherson said there are NSTAR crews working to restore power to the affected areas.

There are currently seven roads blocked by fallen trees in town, McPherson said: Green Lane, Ivy Lane, Bullard Street, Rockwood Street, Hollis Street, and Lake Street. Nason Hill Road is partially open, however there is still a large, fallen tree preventing through access. Maple Street and Western Avenue, which were closed Monday, are now open.

"There has been a significant amount of damage," McPherson said, with very large trees down on power lines. He said that the storm caused an "incredible amount of damage in a short amount of time."

"That was part of the challenge for us," he said.

The fire department called in extra resources Monday, and had about 25 people on at various times throughout the day. McPherson said the station usually operates with just three staff members.

No injuries were reported in Sherborn, though a number of homes were struck by large trees and two vehicles were damaged on Whitney Street. McPherson said that only a few residents were displaced and they were able to make individual arrangements for shelter.

Town offices and Sherborn public schools are closed Tuesday, and McPherson said the superintendent will decide today based on road closures if schools will be open Wednesday.

"We're in the process of mending and I think the response has been decent," McPherson said.

Laura Franzini can be reached at laura.franzini@globe.com.

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