Live Blog: South Shore towns working to recover after Sandy blows through

The South Shore is recovering from the impact of a massive storm Monday that brought high winds, heavy rain, widespread power outages and coastal flooding. Check out the latest coverage below.




Friday, November 2nd (3:00 pm) Audio: Lt. Governor Timothy Murray gives update on MA recovery after Sandy

Thursday, November 1st (1:00 pm) Audio: Joe Norton, Scituate Selectmen Chairman speaks regarding the final storm report

Wednesday, October 31st (8:30 am)Audio: Norwell Town Administrator gives power restoration, Halloween, updates

Wednesday, October 31st (7:30 am) Audio: Marshfield Fire Chief Kevin Robinson on the power restoration progress in Marshfield

Wednesday, October 31st (7:00 am) Audio: Scituate Board of Selectmen Chair Joe Norton gives an update on the progress of power restoration to the town following widespread outages caused by storm Sandy on the 7 am news with Dave Skill

Tuesday, October 301th (7:00 pm) Final Brown-Warren debate will not be rescheduled, candidates take separate storm damage tours

Tuesday, October 30th (3:30 pm) Marshfield emergency officials release a final statement: State of Emergency called off; Halloween on

“After a conversation with Public Safety Departments, all roads are passable. All infrastructure appears intact with the exception of the seawalls which will be inspected tomorrow. There are no live wire problems. At this time 135 people are without power and the number is dropping fast.

After a conversation with Police, Fire, DPW and the Safety Officer, we have determined that it will not be a problem to allow trick or treating tomorrow night. Officer Feyler requests that you remind trick or treaters to “be seen on Halloween”. Carry some type of light and use caution while crossing the streets. Travel in groups for safety.

MEMA has been advised that the State of Emergency will be lifted as of 3PM. The Emergency Management Agency will resume normal activities and coordinate the recovery phase. EOC Communications has ceased operations. NSATR Police and Fire Dispatch have been advised. This is a reminder to any town departments that incurred overtime and equipment costs to hold those records aside for the financial recovery phase. I appreciate the assistance from all Town Departments. Your coordination and communication led to a safe emergency response with no injuries and no loss of life. Marshfield should be proud of the community oriented spirit of all town staff.

Thank you!

Lt. Paul Taber, Director”

Tuesday, October 30th (12:00 p.m.) Marshfield emergency officials have released an updated situation report:

Listen to Marshfield Police Lt. Paul Taber on the WATD Midday report with Christine James

The Town of Marshfield is in a State of Emergency. The Marshfield Emergency Management Agency is activated. As of 11:45PM, there are 518 without power in Marshfield. There were 42 priority calls for NSTAR. 23 of those have been conformed as being received by NSTAR and of those, 11 have been completed. A total of 19 have not been confirmed or addressed by NSTAR.

Four roads in Marshfield are still blocked by trees with wires. Wastewater and Water Departments were operating on generator power and are now back online. There were no issues with any building generators.

Trash pickup is in progress, one day behind. DPW continues to clear road debris. They will hold off until the afternoon high tide in the coastal locations.

There is some seawall capping damage in the area of Fieldstone and Foster ave beaches. A closer inspection by public safety will be conducted as soon as possible.

All town/personal equipment including vehicles are being checked for damage. There was some vehicle damage from seawater in an attempt to protect the safety of “rubberneckers”.

The public has been requested to report any low hanging wires, damaged wires and damage to utility poles to the EOC at 781-837-7122 and 7120. All wires should be considered live and dangerous. The State of Emergency and EOC activation will be re-evaluated later today.

Tuesday, October 30th (9:30 am) Hundreds of thousands in Mass. with no power

The winds have died down and there were some breaks in the clouds between showers, but nearly more 296,000 customers of major Massachusetts utilities remained without power in the wake of Sandy.

More than 206,000 National Grid customers were without power as of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, with Merrimack Valley communities among the hardest hit.

NStar was reporting almost 80,000 customers without power, with the Lakeville-Freetown area one of the worst hit areas.

Western Massachusetts Electric Co. had more almost 8,300 outages and Unitil about 1,500.

The MBTA, which shut down at 2 p.m. Monday, resumed normal service at 5 a.m. Tuesday but warned commuters that there would be delays. Service on the Providence/Stoughton Line between Mansfield and Wickford Junction stations was suspended due to downed trees and power lines.

Tuesday, October 30th (7:00 am) Audio: Tuesday morning storm update with Governor Deval Patrick Listen here to Dave Skill’s interview with Governor Deval Patrick during Tuesday’s 7 am news, giving an update on the known extent of damage in the region, emergency agencies and utility responses and federal aid.

Tuesday, October 30th (5:30 am) Superstorm Sandy hammers Mass. with wind, waves

The hybrid storm Sandy hammered Massachusetts with fierce winds and heavy surf, knocking out power to thousands and forcing coastal evacuations.

The outages peaked at 400,000 during the winds, which were strong enough to force officials to shut down the top deck of Boston’s Tobin Bridge.

The storm also closed state buildings and schools and grounded most flights out of Boston.

Meanwhile, mandatory evacuations were ordered in low-lying sections of Dartmouth and Fall River in the southeastern part of the state.

State utilities got good early reviews from state officials after they were widely criticized for a slow response to outages following two major storms last year. Still, utility officials urged patience, saying they can’t send workers to fix wires in high winds.

Monday, October 29th (9:39 pm) Gov. Deval Patrick says Massachusetts has weathered the storm fairly well and that officials are relieved that the state didn’t get a direct hit from Sandy.

Patrick told a Monday evening briefing at the state’s emergency management center that he was “cautiously optimistic” that MBTA service could resume in time for the Tuesday morning rush hour after being shut down earlier because of high winds.

The governor also said state offices would reopen at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Nearly 400,000 electric customers around the state were without power Monday night. Patrick said utilities expected to step up restoration efforts when the strongest winds subside. State police said two people died in car crashes Monday, one in Peabody and one in Dartmouth, but the accidents do not appear to be storm-related. No other injuries were reported.

Monday, October 29th (9:30 pm) School closures:

Bourne- All public schools closed Tuesday

Brockton-All public schools closed Tuesday

Duxbury-All public schools closed Tuesday

Good Shepherd Christian Academy (Duxbury)- Closed Tuesday

Marshfield-All public schools closed Tuesday

Halifax- All public schools closed Tuesday

Hanover-All public schools closed Tuesday

Kingston- All public schools closed Tuesday

Pembroke- All public schools and activities closed Tuesday

Plympton-All public schools closed Tuesday

Scituate- All Scituate schools will be closed on Tuesday, October 30.

South Shore Regional Vo-Tech-Closed Tuesday

Silver Lake Regional Schools- Closed Tuesday

Whitman-Hanson Regional Schools- PK-12 Closed Tuesday

Monday, October 29th (8:00 pm) All MBTA service will remain suspended through the end of service Monday, October 29, 2012. MBTA crews are currently working to clear downed trees, power lines, and storm-related debris throughout the system.suspended through the end of service Monday, October 29, 2012. MBTA crews are currently working to clear downed trees, power lines, and storm-related debris throughout the system.

The MBTA is cautiously optimistic that regularly scheduled subway, bus, commuter boat, and RIDE service will resume at the start of service Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Regularly scheduled commuter rail service will resume on all lines except for the Providence Line where Amtrak continues to address overhead wire problems.

Customers are strongly encouraged to check, follow the MBTA on Twitter @mbtaGM, and check local news broadcasts for updates on service conditions Tuesday morning.

Monday, October 29th (7:00 pm) More than 385,000 electricity customers in Massachusetts are without power as Sandy heads toward land. Marcy Reed of National Grid Massachusetts guesses that as many as 300,000 of her utility’s state customers could eventually lose power as the storm picks up. She called Sandy “a very big deal.”

As of 7 p.m. National Grid had 182,000 customers without power and NStar had 159,000. Reed says restoration process will likely begin Tuesday, at which point they will be able to provide customers with estimated times of restoration.

Check on outages in your community:

Monday, October 29th (7:00 pm) Halloween is on hold in Norwell.

Norwell Town Administrator Jim Boudreau says that Selectmen voted Monday to postpone trick-or-treating until Saturday, expecting that on Wednesday the town will still be dealing with power outages and working to clean up after the storm.

Boudreau will be on live Tuesday on WATD during the 7 p.m. newscast.

Monday, October 29th (7:00 pm) All Scituate schools will be closed on Tuesday, October 30. Scituate officials are reporting there are currently over 1,900 National Grid customers without power. Downed wires will be cut and cleared tonight and restoration efforts will not start until Tuesday.

The Town Shelter remains open at Scituate High School.

Pembroke Schools and activities are also closed Tuesday.

Monday, October 29th (6:00 pm) Marshfield Emergency officials release an update, indicating that the town remains in a State of Emergency.

“As of 6 pm there were approximately 2400 locations without power and the number continues to grow. EOC communication fielded approximately 65 calls for wires down, live wires arcing, live wires in trees, trees on houses and spectators causing problems for public safety. It took 4+ hours for water to clear Brant Rock and the Esplanade to allow for traffic to pass. DPW reports damage to the capping of the seawalls along the area of Fieldstone, Sunrise Beach, and Foster Ave. We are unable to further inspect these locations until the weather improves. Fire Dept. reports there have been no injuries due to the storm. All public safety crews are preparing for the next high tide at 12:05 a.m. The School Dept. has not made a decision on School cancellation for Tuesday and a decision may not be made until early morning. A decision will be made after 9 p.m. if Town Hall should close tomorrow. A communicator message will go out to town staff. The Council on Aging will close at 7:00 p.m. Monday. EOC has the ability to re-open rapidly if needed and Strike Team has the ability to transport shelterees to Weymouth if long term sheltering is needed. The EOC will remain activated until 8 a.m. when a decision will be made if it should be kept open longer.”

Monday, October 29th (6:00 pm) Hurricane Sandy is upending the final week of Massachusetts’ grueling U.S. Senate race. Republican incumbent Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren both postponed campaigning Monday and Brown announced he’s pulling out of Tuesday’s final debate. A Brown spokesman said the Republican incumbent decided against the debate “out of concern for the hardship faced by people in the path of Hurricane Sandy.” Warren campaign manager Mindy Myers said Warren also agrees the debate should not be held Tuesday. Myers said the focus should be on public safety and ensuring people get the help they need. Also Monday a new Boston Globe polls shows the race remains a virtual dead heat with each candidate garnering the support of 47 percent of those polled, including voters who are undecided but said which candidate they are leaning toward.

Monday, October 29th(5:30 pm)The number of electricity customers in Massachusetts without power is up to about 310,000 statewide as Hurricane Sandy heads toward land in the Mid-Atlantic. The state’s two largest utilities, NStar and National Grid, are each reporting about 148,000 customers without power, as of about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Unitil says 5,400 of its customers in north central Massachusetts have no electricity. WEMCO in western Massachusetts is counting about 9,200 customers without power. Marcy Reed of National Grid Massachusetts guesses that as many as 300,000 of her utility’s state customers could eventually lose power as the storm picks up. She called Sandy “a very big deal.” State officials are urging customers who lose power to be patient. They said current weather conditions make it impossible for many line crews to work.

Monday, October 29th (5:00pm) -Audio: Interview with Tim Murray, Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor

Monday, October 29th (4:30pm) – Massachusetts’ major utilities were reporting about 200,000 outages at 4:30 p.m. Monday. National Grid says the hardest hit towns it serves include Quincy and Brockton.You can find links to outage maps for National Grid and NStar here National Grid Massachusetts President Marcy Reed says that during the height of the storm, in the interest of safety, restoration will be temporarily suspended until conditions again become safe. Reed says restoration process will likely begin Tuesday, at which point they will be able to provide customers with estimated times of restoration.Reed also warned that flooding could cause an interruption in natural gas service, and reminded residents who have home generators to never use a generator indoors, always disconnect the main breaker when the  generator is operating and be sure to read and follow all of the manufacturer’s  operating and safety instructions.

Monday, October 29th (4:00 pm)Audio: WATD’s Ed Perry with Marshfield Fire Chief Kevin Robinson

Monday, October 29th (4:00pm)Audio: 4pm report with Brian Edwards from Quincy/Weymouth line

Monday, October 29th (2:30pm) – Downed trees closed roads in numerous towns, including Route 18 in Whitman , Route 27 in Kingston and Spring Street in Rockland.

Monday, October 29th (2:00pm) – MBTA  service was suspended effective 2 p.m .Monday. Customers are encouraged to make final MBTA trips as early as possible to ensure safe arrival at their destination.

Monday, October 29th (1:30pm) – Brockton Hospital lost power between 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Monday. A spokesperson said that the hospital was running fully on generator back up and there was no interruption in patient care.You can find links to outage maps for National Grid and NStar here

Monday, October 29th (11:30am) – In Scituate officials have closed several coast roads due to the threat of flooding: Turner, Oceanside, Edward Foster, and Jericho Roads were closed as of 11:30 a.m. Monday and other travel in the area is restricted. Tune into 95.9 WATD-FM or listen online for the most up to date closures.

Monday, October 29th – Amtrak says it has canceled all Tuesday service in the Northeast due to high winds and heavy rain from Hurricane Sandy. The railroad said passenger service between Boston and Raleigh, N.C., and between the East Coast and Chicago, New Orleans and Florida will be suspended for the second day in a row. Cancellations include Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Keystone and Shuttle service, among other trains. Passengers were urged to follow developments on and Facebook and Twitter sites. No decision has yet been made on when service will be resumed. Amtrak said passengers who have paid but who didn’t travel because of the service disruption can receive a refund or a voucher for future travel.

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