Keegan Pleased With Snowstorm Cleanup Efforts
The town administrator praised crews that worked through the weekend.
Department of Public Works crews worked through the weekend to clear snow, branches and trees from Dedham streets, and as many as 1,200 NStar customers lost power for a period of time.
As of 8 p.m. Monday, that number dwindled to 101 as NStar crews worked Monday to repair power lines, according to the company's website.
"A few trees came down, mostly big branches that fell on wires and knocked the wires down," Town Administrator William Keegan said.
Keegan told Dedham Patch that he believed many of the outages were spread throughout the town and not clustered.
"It is the smaller one that [NStar] tends to leave for last," Keegan said in a phone interview Monday afternoon. "They like to get whole streets on at a time and it gets prioritized like that."
One of those streets was Monroe Street, which had wires ripped from homes and dangling on the ground.
A resident on Monroe Street said despite losing power for an extended period of time, he was pleased with the response of the power company. Just a month ago, NStar received plenty of criticism for what many called a delayed response to power outages in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene.
Department of Public Works crews were called in around 9 p.m. Saturday and worked through the night, Keegan said, with many returning Monday for more clean-up work.
"They did a great job cleaning up and getting everything on track," Keegan said.
"For Dedham, it wasn't as bad as other places," said Keegan, who estimated the town received between two and three inches of snow, as predicted by weather forecasters.
"We didn't get surpised," said Keegan.