BRIDGEWATER — Town Manager Michael Duttonand Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director Michael MacDermott would like to share an update on the Town’s ongoing response and clean-up efforts following the Nor’easter.
The Fire Department and Roadways Department continue working to clear trees and debris from roads in town to fully reopen access for public safety vehicles. Downed trees that are blocking roads should be reported to the Roadways Department at (508) 697-0931 or the Fire Department at (508) 697-0900. Residents should call 911 only in the case of emergencies.
Down trees that are entangled in wires will be removed by National Grid crews. Residents can report such issues to National Grid by calling (800) 465-1212, or by clicking here. Residents are reminded to never touch any branches or downed trees that are tangled in wires.
Crews from National Grid are working to restore power as quickly as possible in difficult conditions. As of Thursday at 6 p.m., National Grid reported that 3,716 of the 10,465 electricity customers in Bridgewater were without power. The utility’s power outage map estimated on Thursday evening that power will be restored to Bridgewater by Saturday, Oct. 30 at 11:45 p.m.
To view the National Grid power outage map, click here.
The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) reported 246,399 customers were still without power statewide as of Thursday at 5:45 p.m. To view the MEMA power outage map, click here.
“We understand how challenging this storm and the damage it caused has been for residents, and I want to thank Bridgewater residents for their patience as Town workers team up with utility crews to repair damage and restore power as quickly as possible,” said Town Manager Dutton. “Town departments are still handling a very large influx of calls and are working tirelessly.”
The Town reminds residents that if their power is out, follow MEMA’s power outage safety tips. Report power outages to your utility company. Do not call 911 to report an outage or to ask about power restoration.
Residents using generators should use extreme caution and allow for proper ventilation. Never use a generator indoors or inside a garage. Keep generators away from HVAC air intakes. For more generator safety tips, visit Redcross.org.
The Town of Bridgewater will provide further updates as they become available.