AUBURN, Mass. – The Town of Auburn had no major issues during Hurricane Sandy according to public safety officials, who want to thank residents for cooperating throughout the storm.
“We didn’t have a lot of people out as far as travelling,” said Auburn Police Det. Sgt. Jeffrey Lourie. “We didn’t have to stop what we were doing to go assist someone travelling. We appreciate that they heeded the governor’s warning because it was a serious event.”
Wind gusts reached up to 60 mph Monday afternoon in Auburn, and there were periods of heavy rain. Gov. Deval Patrick declared a state of emergency as Hurricane Sandy was approaching, telling residents to stay at home during the dangerous storm.
Lourie also said he credits the town administration for preventing any major issues around Auburn during the hurricane.
“I credit the collaboration between the town manager’s office, the DPW, the fire department, obviously Roger Belhumeur [Emergency Management Director], as well as [Police] Chief Sluckis and all individuals who assisted us during the storm,” Lourie said. “That includes the Superintendent of Schools who was also with us yesterday as we had our emergency preparedness meetings to really try to make sure we disseminated all the information that we could.
“We were prepared for the worst and obviously hoped for the best,” Lourie said.
He said that by everyone in town working together with the power companies, Auburn “weathered the storm well.”
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