Foxborough Fire Chief: Town Currently Dealing with Downed Trees, Power Outages from Hurricane Sandy

Foxborough Fire Chief Roger Hatfield provided an update on the town's condition during Hurricane Sandy just after 5:30 p.m. Monday.

NOTE: Update from Foxborough Fire Chief Roger Hatfield came just after 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.

Foxborough Fire Chief Roger Hatfield said the town is handling Hurricane Sandy much better than it did Tropical Storm Irene and "Snowtober" but there are still power outages and downed trees to deal with as of 5:30 p.m. Monday.

"We are keeping up with [Hurricane Sandy] that’s for sure," Hatfield said in a phone interview with Foxborough Patch Monday evening. ... "It’s not as bad as it could have been. I think we’ve done pretty well so far but we are not out of the woods yet."

Hatfield said the town is currently dealing with power outages and downed trees, but could not report as of 5:30 p.m. what percentage of the community was without power. However, he did continue to stress the town is in much better shape than it was during Tropical Storm Irene last August.

"We are waiting to get an update on what the actual percentage of our town is without power," Hatfield said. ... "It’s not anywhere near what it was last year."

National Grid's power outage map on its website is reporting as of 6:22 p.m. Monday there are 28 outages reported in Foxborough affecting 2,997 customers. There is currently no ETA on restoration in town because the utility company is assessing the condition of the outages, according to its website.

"We are getting good information from Tom Coughlin of National Grid," Hatfield said. ... "National Grid can’t put guys in buckets until the wind conditions drop below 30 mph."

Hatfield added the town's main concern at this point is addressing the heavily impacted areas of town – Mechanic and Lane streets, Main Street at Colony Road and Pleasant Street.

"We’ve got three trees down that have taken power lines on Mechanic and Lane streets," Hatfield said. "Also [tree down] on Pleasant Street and at Main Street and Colony Road. Those three areas are our big issues."

Other notable damage aroud town, according to Hatfield:

  • A section of roof blew off of Chace Lumber storage area on Washington Street
  • A tree came down onto an apartment building at Walnut Park Apartments on 12 Fuller Rd.
  • A couple of trees came down on houses and three trees came down on power lines.

Hatfield reported none of the identified areas are expected to present any significant challenges to the town's crews clearing the debris.

"I think the areas that are being impacted are not critically severe from what I can tell but until National Grid can take a look at it we won’t know its true impact," Hatfield said.

There's still another hour or so left of higher wind conditions before Sandy begins to slow down in the area, according to Hatfield. But so far, the town is in manageable shape.

"From driving around town, we are doing much better than we did last year," Hatfield said.

This article will be updated.

kyle October 30, 2012 at 01:09 AM
you obviously have no idea what you're talking about Steven. we live in the northeast which has powerlines strung up on poles next to trees and this type of stuff happens. It takes these guys a while to fix the lines because they cant go up in bucket trucks with high winds. and trimming the trees is always an issue because they are on private property and the homeowners complain when thier beloved oak tree is going to be cut down yet complain when that same tree knocks out power to 1500 customers.. buy a generater be prepared and quit complaining. these guys are out trying to get your power on ,working 16+ hours at a time and have families they are away from but they are out there in the elements working so you can have the luxury of electricity.
Steve October 30, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Kyle if you bothered to read my post I was pointing out that our two neighboring towns that are not serviced by National Grid have had NO major impact from these last three storms while Foxboro and other area towns serviced by National Grid have had sever outages. All these towns in the SAME area with the SAME conditions but with DIFFERENT results. The towns serviced by National grid have struggled while the towns with their own power companies, that do the proper maintenance, have sailed through virtually unscathed. Did you drive around Foxboro at all Kyle???? I did and I did not see ANY significant damage. I know my phone was on the entire time...how is that possible if the lines were down? Don't get me wrong, I am not blaming the guys out in the trucks, this is a fundamental problem within National Grid where they take all the profits back to England and slash and cut their budgets so that the proper maintenance service is not provided to the customer. These guys in the buckets should be very angry with their employer!!
Bob H October 30, 2012 at 01:31 PM
Kyle, electricity is not a luxury anymore, its not 1900, its 2012. Its part of the towns infratructure. Noones blaming the utility workers, but the town should have had a third party consultant scan every inch of the union belt and taken preventive measures this summer.
Teri Leacu Golley October 30, 2012 at 02:44 PM
The power was out for under 10 hours on Sherman St..Power was restored at 1:30 a.m..
Ken B. October 30, 2012 at 05:05 PM
At last year's hearing Nat Grid stated that they had 29 or 30 trucks/repair crews based in Hopedale, responsible for covering 31 towns including Foxboro. As for going without power for days, that NG statement says only one thing..... "Get used to it"


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