UPDATED at 11:20 a.m. – Eversource is working to restore power in Framingham. Crews are facing lots of damaged poles and equipment in the City.
Eversource is estimating restoring Framingham by 6 p.m. on Saturday.
“Working non-stop to clear damage and restore power in MetroWest and Greater Boston, Eversource workers restored power overnight Thursday to about 46,000 customers affected by this week’s severe winter weather. Given the progress being made in very difficult conditions, the company now estimates it will substantially complete power restoration by Saturday evening,” said Eversource in a statement after 11 a.m.
“We recognize the significant disruption to our customers’ lives when they lose power and we greatly appreciate their patience,” said Eversource Vice President of Electric Field Operations Doug Foley. “Our restoration effort is a demanding task for crews and support personnel, especially considering they’ve been working non-stop to address storm damage across Eastern Massachusetts for a full week now. The one-two punch Mother Nature delivered affected more than a half-million of our customers, and we still have significant work to do to restore power to the 34,000 customers still affected by the latest round of snow and wind.”
Rep. Jack Lewis said there are 11 crews in town making repairs. He said he personally checked and Walsh Middle School has power, via a generator.
Superintendent Bob Tremblay is touring each of the schools this morning, and said he would excuse any absences today.
The good news is that as of 11 a.m., 18% of the City is without power down from the 22% at 8:30 a.m., reported Eversource.
Residents are reporting that Eversource told them the Brook Street neighborhood will be restored around 2 p.m.
Updated at 8:55 a.m. with quotes from Sen. Spilka.
“Eversource is sending at least 10 crews into town this morning with a dedicated liaison to try to restore power to Framingham,” said Deputy Police Chief Steve Trask to Source.
Sen. Karen Spilka told Source she called the state-regulated utility company at 6:30 a.m. to get crews back into Framingham and MetroWest.
Spilka, who lives in Ashland, said her community is one-third to half the town is without power. Last night, Ashland Police and Fire lost communications.
“That was a dangerous situation,” said Spilka. “And I pushed for them (Eversource) to restore power to public safety.”
This morning, that push was for crews back into Framingham, and Ashland and MetroWest, where Holliston and Hopkinton, also part of her district is significantly without electricity.
“People are without electricity and heat,” said Spilka. “for a significant length of time.”
“I impressed with Eversource that Framingham needed attention. Twenty-two percent is a significant amount of people without power in Framingham. Glad to hear the response of at least 10 crews are on their way. Ten crews is a good number,” said Spilka.
“I impressed upon them that quick action was needed, and sustained effort,” to restore power to my district,” said Spilka.
FRAMINGHAM – Last night, about 22 percent of the City of Framingham was without power.
This morning, at 7 a.m., 21% of the City of Framingham was without power – or more than 6,000 customers.
Framingham Source has learned that Eversource pulled its crews out of Framingham last night after 11 p.m., after they competed projects, and did very little if any work on restoring power overnight.
Framingham Superintendent Bob Tremblay and City leaders made decisions based on the understanding that Eversource would be working to restore power to thousands overnight. Framingham Public Schools are open today.
Yesterday, as many as 10,500 customers or 35% of the City was without power. By 7 p.m. that number had dropped to about 22%.
“Quite frankly, we expected a significant amount of progress,” said Framingham Deputy Police Chief Steve Trask, this morning at 7:30 to Source.
“We made decisions on that expectation from Eversource,” said Trask. “And that was not the case.”
City Council Chair Dennis Giombetti said he is working on getting answers from Eversource and power restored to customers.
“Sen. Karen Spilka is personally calling Eversource this morning to get more crews for Framingham, and MetroWest,” said Giombetti at 7:15 a.m. this morning.
Eversource yesterday told Source if had crews in the City but could not give an estimated time of restoration for Framingham, specifically. A spokesperson said some made not see power restored until the weekend.
Some residents in Framingham have been without power since Wednesday night.
Update on some other issues in town, related to the storm.
Edgell Road is now open, said Deputy Police Chief Steve Trask.
Edmands road is still closed at Carter Drive, he said.
Photo courtesy of Eversource