Norwell: Fire Chief weighs in on National Grid response to Sandy

Norwell’s Fire Chief met with the town’s Board of Selectmen Wednesday night to give an update on the town’s storm recovery efforts.

At the height of the storm a huge number – about 80% of Norwell customers had power outages – but as of Wednesday night only about 8 customers were still without power.

Norwell Fire Chief Andy Reardon told selectmen, “We went from a 4 PM meeting on Monday afternoon, when we believe we believe we had about 80 to 100 homes without power to somewhere around 12 midnight, when we were informed that we had about 3400 homes without power – about 78% to 80% of our community.”

Chief Reardon said overall things worked out pretty well with National Grid this time around.

“I think we had a pretty good plan in place. I know some people are very unhappy, but again, I’m not going to apologize for something I didn’t have control over. But I do think that as a community we were prepared; we did have a good partnership with National Grid and we were able to work with them to get power restored to our residences as reasonably quick as possible,” Reardon explained.

Reardon said the town will continue to work with National Grid to improve communications and service.


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About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.