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Paicos: Expect Multi-Day Power Outages in Foxborough Following Severe Transmission Damage

Foxborough Town Manager Kevin Paicos called Monday night's news from National Grid "an incredibly frustrating situation" but "the focus for now must be on restoration of power and care for our citizens."

Here we go again.

One year after two storms each caused multi-day power outages throughout Foxborough, residents must prepare to face a similar scenario in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, according to Foxborough Town Manager Kevin Paicos Monday night.

“Although Foxborough itself sustained what appears to be little damage, severe damage to transmission lines, which feed power to Foxborough sub-stations has occurred,” Paicos said following a conversation with National Grid president Marcy Reed. “Primary among these is the so-called Union Loop, which has suffered damage to 5 of its 12 sections. In addition, damage has occurred to at least two cross-country transmission lines, which feed power to Foxborough.”

So what does this mean?

“National Grid advises that loss of power to portions of Foxborough is likely to be a multi-day event,” Paicos said. “Residents are urged to plan for this contingency and to closely monitor the news outlet from which you received this message for updated information as it become available [Tuesday morning].”

Paicos added, per his conversation with Reed, that somewhere “between 40 and 75 percent of the town are without power” Monday night and the utility company will further assess the damage Tuesday morning.

“[Tuesday morning] helicopter assessment will be made of this damage and an estimate of repair time [and restoration] will be provided,” Paicos said.

Foxborough town officials and department heads will meet at Town Hall Tuesday morning to discuss the town’s next steps.

Jeffreyw October 30, 2012 at 03:10 AM
Ugh, I understand we have been hit by a hurricane but it frustrates me deeply when my friends in Plainville and N.attleboro still have power. As usual. Why the hell did I ever move to Foxboro.
Jenna Strickland October 30, 2012 at 03:19 AM
This is ridiculous! ! Enough.
Michele paluzzi October 30, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Did the eye of the hurricane hit foxboro?? They had a year to figure out what went wrong last year....,did they really think history could not repeat itself?!?!
Dennis Naughton October 30, 2012 at 08:32 AM
There is something seriously wrong that this should happen over and over in Foxborough. We need leadership that can effect real change.
Bob H October 30, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Paicos needs to be fired immediately. This is negligence and his contact should be voided. He should of been out there with utilities this summer ensuring the union belt was secure. crime against the taxpayers of mismanagement. Again our residents lose money missing work, our kids miss school, we throw away hundreds in food and spend on restaurants, extra fire and police ot we pay in taxes. Its embarassing. people will not move here, this is hurting our town and its future. Paicos step down today.
R. Hood October 30, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Does anybody know why National Gird stiil show Foxboro's outages as "Assessing Conditions and Unassigned". Is that code for nobody gives a S@#$!?
Steve Rosen October 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM
We heard all about the Union Loop last year (twice, in fact!), but it seems that they are incapable of actually fixing it. National Grid needs to get its priorities straight, over 20% of the town is still without power, but the lights are on at Patriot Place. Am I the only one that is bothered by this?
Dan Brennock October 30, 2012 at 11:57 AM
To our Foxboro Community, the Invensys Foxboro YMCA does have power and we invite all those in the community without power to come in for a warm shower and to power up your cell phones, just bring a towel and your phone chargers.
Alex W October 30, 2012 at 12:12 PM
This is truly absurd.
Ryan S October 30, 2012 at 12:34 PM
thinking the same thing.... moved here last year, just in time for both outages. and now this.
Chris A October 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Priority #1 should be electrical independence for Foxboro. Forget town hall, sewer expansion, etc, etc. It should be this. At least we know who to yell at if it fails under the towns watch. Even in a big power outage storm parts of Foxboro seem to fall into the least populated areas which makes us way down the priority list (as proof from Irene). It's enough already.
Tony October 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM
3rd multi day outage in the 2 years I've lived in this town. I miss living in Mansfield where in 18 years I only lost power a few times but none longer than 4 hours. It is no coincidence that the towns with their own light departments have the least outages (mansfield, north attleboro etc..)
R. Hood October 30, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Just think of what we could have done if say we had another $10-15 mil in revenue each year!? People would be lining up to live here, not wondering how to get out or why they moved here in the first place!
Power Less October 30, 2012 at 02:07 PM
unbelievable. More food thrown away, more hotel bills, more fast food... seems taxes are a bit higher in Foxboro due to this power company...
Rocky Morse October 30, 2012 at 02:54 PM
They supposedly inspected this "Union Loop" over the weekend. What kind of shape was it in? I don't think the winds here were even hurricane force, surely they should be able to withstand the winds we had. Foxboro has a big issue with National Grid!
Rocky Morse October 30, 2012 at 02:57 PM
R. Hood, I believe it does.
Bob Peterson October 30, 2012 at 03:07 PM
National Grid drops the ball again! The issues happen in the exact same plans as last year! I have yet to even see a truck in town...
Tony October 30, 2012 at 06:27 PM
We got our power back on at 11:00 this morning. It was only out for 18:00 hours rather than the 96 and 72 in last years storms respectively.......National grid will spin it as an improvement
Bob Peterson October 30, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Tony What street?!?!?I'm curious
Dennis Naughton October 30, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Everett Lane got power back about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Tony October 30, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Bob, Sorry for the late response but our street is Capone road off Payson.
Dennis Naughton October 31, 2012 at 01:25 AM
I did see one today--several different times-same truck-driving around town. It finally drove to Rte. 1 and took a left from North street toward Boston.

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