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Easton Fire Chief: Restoration Could Take Time

Restoration of power could take up to 72 hours from the end of the storm.

Easton Fire Chief Kevin Partridge said residents without power may be looking at a few days in the dark.

"National Grid is at a phase five storm response and restoration of power could take up to 72 hours from the end of the storm which will be later today," he told Patch at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. "National Grid is not giving any specific timeline on when certain street will be restored."

The Emergency Management Team is opening a warming shelter at the Olmsted-Richardson school beginning at 1 p.m. for those who need it. Residents should call 508-230-3323 for information or transportation.

In the mean-time, residents need to be patient, Partridge said.

"Residents need to be patient and understand they could be several days without power," he said.

Jim Birmingham February 10, 2013 at 02:42 AM
This was an historic storm and of course we have no choice but to be patient, frustrated but patient. Perhaps in the future as the Easton Fire Chief you could advocate for Easton residents and then give safety tips to those affected rather than empathising with the power company. We were patient for 5 days two years ago and National Grid was fined for their poor response. Your comments make me expect more of the same. The storm was not your nor National Grids fault and National Grid may have learned from past mistakes and as a provider are truly being as responsive as possible but your comments could have been more supportive of frustrated Easton residents. Thanks for your advice,any other suggestions? Patiently waiting in the cold Jim Birmingham
Patrick Maguire (Editor) February 10, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Hi Jim- Maybe this will help.. Attached to the article, find two flyers released by the fire chief prior to the blizzard on how to deal with outages. They were also posted in our storm center blog Thursday at 5:15 p.m. You can find that link here: http://easton-ma.patch.com/articles/winter-storm-easton-information-center Thanks for reading Patch. All the best!

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