Hurricane Sandy left several hundred thousand people in Massachusetts without electricity at various points on Monday, and winds from the storm knocked down countless wires and trees locally.
On late Monday afternoon, Fire Chief and town Emergency Management Director Joseph Lingel told Lynnfield Patch that his department had fielded at least 20 calls for wires down during the day.
Police Chief David Breen noted that along with the fallen wires, a number of trees were also knocked down in the storm, some of which reportedly hit houses without causing injuries. “We are doing OK,” said Breen. “DPW, fire, and police have been working well together and will be working through the night to handle the calls.”
As of Monday at 6 p.m., Reading Municipal Light was reporting outages on the following Lynnfield streets: Essex Street, Juniper Road, Chestnut Street, Norris, Main Street, Philips Road, Lowell Stret, Temple Road, Gerry Road, Drury Lane.
RMLD was also reporting on Monday evening that it planned to have service restored by 7 p.m. on the following streets: Durham, Daventry, Chatham, Huntingdon, Yorkshire, Grey, as well as other nearby streets.
The other towns in RMLD’s service area – Reading, North Reading and Wilmington – also had blackouts on various streets.
Further down Route 128, utility company NStar was reporting outages affecting several hundred customers in Stoneham and more than 4,300 in neighboring Woburn.
On Monday evening, the National Grid website was not reporting outages in Lynnfield, nor in neighboring Wakefield. However, many other surrounding communities were reporting significant blackouts, in some cases affecting thousands of people in one area.
Thanks to Peter Brady for submitting some storm photos here. All others are welcome to post their own photos as well.