Sandy has so far taken it easy on Wellesley, but if the winds pick up this afternoon police expect downed tree branches and wires.
“So far, no major issues,” said Wellesley Police spokeswoman Lieutenant Marie Cleary. “It hasn’t really been raining too much.”
There was a brief power outage this morning, she said, but it was quickly repaired. The outage was caused by a transformer malfunction, according to the police website. At around 6:10 a.m., multiple streets were without power from Forest Street to the Cedar Street area on the south side of Route 9. By 6:20 p.m., the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant reported that all power had been restored.
If there are significant and widespread outages, Cleary said, then the town will consider setting up a shelter, but because Wellesley has its own utility company, outages are usually resolved very quickly.
“Generally the electric light department, where it’s just the town of Wellesley, they’re able to restore power outages quickly,” she said. “We’re not waiting for an outside vendor to respond.”
Police are asking residents to stay indoors and keep lawn signs and lawn furniture inside, too.
As for Halloween, she said, there has been no talk yet of rescheduling.
“I think that would be addressed down the road depending on how slow-moving the storm is, and if the weather clears by then, I’m sure it will go as scheduled on Wednesday,” she said. “We’ll have to see what happens.”
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