Over the course of the week, the absolute outrage of Foxborough residents has been made very clear. With comments such as, “there's no fun in living in a post zombie apocalypse scenario," and "more than 7 days notice this storm was coming wasn't enough lead time for National Grid to get their act together," dozens of residents have expressed their outrage over the fact that power has not been restored, after what many have called a "low grade tropical storm."
According to National Grid figures, approximately 80 percent of the town was left powerless for three days after the storm hit. As of Thursday,
Many residents have expressed the fact that local businesses are closed and unable to operate and that their calls to National Grid went either unanswered or answered ambiguously with such responses as "power could be restored by the weekend." The lack of power is having a huge economic impact on the businesses and people of Foxborough. With the patriots preseason game Thursday night, traffic lights out and businesses and residents unable to produce financially, residents wanted to know, where is the power?
Many residents have expressed to Patch that they would like to have a senior representative of National Grid come before our town fathers and explain exactly why it took so long for National Grid crews to begin power restoration efforts in Foxborough.
An email received to Patch Monday from Foxboro resident, Josh Innocent, said that the town of Foxborough, at the time, could have been compared to the popular show The Walking Dead and is outraged by "the slow response of National Grid."
Small businesses, medical facilities, safety and traffic lights, restaurants, employees, elderly citizens, nursing homes, and the financial pain being felt by businesses, residents and employees in a time where the economy is bad enough, the town of Foxborough is still left with no real answer from National Grid. Residents do realize that tree limbs came down, trees cracked in half and fell onto roadways and wires, but residents have consistently said, the lack of repair crews on the streets of Foxborough was appalling.
The outraged expressed to Patch is similar to the movie Network in the scene where people flung open their windows and said, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore."
Is it time for National Grid to tell Foxborough what went wrong? A local electrician, who wished to remain anonymous, said that it is his belief that the problem will persist because unbeknownst to many, National Grid has laid off many of their field crews and not replaced many experienced retiring field workers. Some officials are blaming it on a "substation" issue.
If this is in fact the case, or perhaps another reason, shouldn't National Grid acknowledge they have a problem putting a large number of experienced crews into the field after an event such as this?
The residents of Foxborough want an answer or even more than that, electricity.
The cry for an open forum to figure out what the problem is has been demanded by many residents.
As one resident put it, "our bills come every 30 days, so when does our power?"