DPW Spends Most of Sunday Clearing Trees, Wires

Hurricane Irene meant downed trees for Lynnfield.

Topical storm Irene brought trees, tree limbs and power lines down across Lynnfield Sunday. 

The calls began flooding dispatch before 8 a.m. with residents reporting trees and tree limbs down. Other residents called police to alert them of trees about to come down in the wind. 

As the wind picked up, more problem areas were identified, police said.

"Today we have had downed trees and power lines on Salem St. to Witham St., Walnut St to King James Grant area (several streets) and Wing Rd. (damaged our radio repeater) and currently Archer Lane," Police Chief David Breen said. 

In the afternoon, crews removed trees from Grey Lane, Chestnut St. and Pillings Pond Road. Live wires were addressed on Chestnut St. and Pillings Pond Road.

Breen sent an e-mail Sunday afternoon to DPW Director Dennis Roy praising his work throughout the storm.

"I just wanted to send word to you on how well your department responded to the numerous reports of downed trees today," Breen wrote. "They worked diligently throughout the day to open roads and make conditions safe for the residents. This allowed my officers to respond quickly to other calls for service. Thank you for your hard work and please extend my gratitude to all of your workers who contributed in the effort."

Reading Municipal Light and Peabody Light were on hand to restore power to those streets affected. By Sunday at 5 p.m. most resident had power and roads were clear of tree limbs.


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