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Route 16 closed between Natick and Wellesley College as Hurricane Sandy pummels the region

Posted by Leslie Anderson  October 29, 2012 03:56 PM

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Route 16 has been closed between Natick and Wellesley College due to Hurricane Sandy, and will remain shut down for hours, according to an alert from Wellesley police.

The Wellesley Police, Fire, and Electric Light Departments are responding to live electrical wires and trees down all over Wellesley, police said in a separate alert. Many roads, including Washington Street and Route 9 have become flooded.

Resident are told NOT to approach any type of wires down. Trees have blocked many of the side streets, and it will be an extended period of time before they are removed.

The Wellesley Police Department strongly urges people to stay off the roads at this time.

Wellesley Fire Chief Richard DeLorie said that the town has “every piece of apparatus we have in service” out working on clearing downed trees, securing and repairing downed power lines and reopening blocked roadways.

He said there have been several reports of trees falling into cars and houses, and several telephone poles have come down. “It’s pretty extensive damage,” DeLorie said, though there have been no reported injuries thus far.

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

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