Updated: Storm Leaves Many Easton Residents Powerless
An October snowstorm hit Easton last night, leaving many without power.
A rare October snowstorm struck Easton Saturday night, closing some roads and leaving some Easton residents without power Sunday.
Over 600,000 Massachusetts residents woke up Sunday without power and Easton was not immune. Over 100 residents in the Bay Road area and near Borderland State Park lost power.
The storm knocked down three telephone poles on Bay Road just north of Beaver Dam Road. Wires were also down on Allen Road and Highland Street.
As of 7:30 p.m., large areas of Easton had been restored, but there were still scattered outages in parts of town. A regional shelter was opened at La Salette Shrine, 947 Park Street, Attleboro for those still without power.
National Grid did not give a specific timeline on power restoration, but urged customers to call 1-800-465-1212 or 1-800-867-5222 with outages and down trees. The company said additional crews were being called in from Ohio, Michigan and North Carolina.
National Grid also urged customers to follow safety measures such as avoiding down power lines.
“First and foremost, we urge customers to be safe. Having snow of this magnitude this early is an unusual event for us even in Massachusetts, but National Grid has been poised and ready to meet this winter season head-on. We are in full restoration mode,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid Massachusetts in a statement. “It’s our job to provide safe and reliable energy to our customers and during adverse events, our role is heightened. We cannot stress enough that people should stay clear of downed wires and the areas surrounding them. Affected customers are encouraged to call the downed wires and outages line and customers may also follow us on Twitter (@nationalgridus) to obtain restoration updates.”