(UPDATED 8:50 P.M.) 'Thousands' Without Power In Sudbury in Wake of October Snowstorm
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(EDITOR'S NOTE: CBS is reporting Sudbury received 6 inches of snow.)
The October snowstorm of 2011 caused quite a whallop on the Bay State, dumping enough snow in the western part of Massachusetts to measure in feet (22 inches in Ashburnham according to Harvey Leonard) and leaving a good chunk of residents in the dark from falling tree limbs on power lines.
Although Sudbury seemed to be spared in terms of deep snow, it couldn't escape power outages.
"A good portion of the town is out," Sudbury Sgt. John Harris said at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday. "Most of North Sudbury is out. People are calling us as they wake up. I know of at least one crew that's out (helping get power restored)."
Harris said he estimated the number of power outages in town to be in the 1000s.
According to its website, NSTAR has already restored power to over 70,000 customers, with 114,000 customers currently without power.
"Most of the outages are concentrated in our Western service territory around the communities of Framingham, Waltham and Walpole, and in the south on Cape Cod," NStar says on its website. "While many of our customers will have power restored within the next 24 hours; due to the difficult driving conditions, downed trees and severe damage experienced on our system; we’re anticipating our power restoration effort will last into the work week."
During the storm and early this morning, some Sudbury residents commented on where power was out in town on the Sudbury Patch Facebook page:
- Brenda Shepard — No power on Lakewood Drive
- Jack Kaiser — No power on Willlow Rd since 7.
- Tom Greene — No power on Wake robin
- Laura Salek Demerle — Austin Rd without power since just before 9pm. Still no power at 6:30am
- Meredith Clements Gerson — We lost power on Hilltop Rd around 9PM Saturday night. Still no power at 12:30PM Sunday
- Katie Knightly — No power on Ridge Hiil or Hunt Rd since 1:30am.
- Joanna Morello Garvin — Bowditch Road is still blocked by a huge tree down near our cross with route 20. Power lines down as well. Been out since early this morning.
At 11 p.m. Saturday night, Wayland Patch reported that NSTAR was reporting about 10,000 customers without power -- mostly in Sudbury, Framingham, Acton and Ashland.
According to the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, more than 564,000 customers were without power early Sunday.
If you are still without power, tell us about it in our comments section. And share any photos you may have on the season's first big snowstorm.