AUBURN, Mass. – There was no major damage or incidents from Hurricane Sandy, Auburn police and fire officials said, despite chaos the storm caused for other areas.
“Overall, compared to other communities, we weathered the storm very well,” said Auburn Police Det. Sgt. Jeffrey Lourie. “You look at the news and see what some other towns and communities are facing, and it was a very damaging storm. But I think we weathered it well. Mother Nature is going to wreak her havoc, and all we can do is try to prepare the best we can.”
The police and fire received reports of debris in roadways and downed power lines, but there was no significant damage to property from the storm, Lourie said.
“There probably will be some with limbs and things coming down, but there is nothing substantial at this point to report,” he said.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, National Grid was reporting that 328 Auburn customers were without of power, about 4 percent of the 7,651 served in Auburn. Statewide, 309,000 in Massachusetts were without power, about 17 percent of all National Grid customers in the state.
National Grid will begin damage assessments on Tuesday in Auburn, sending out a line and tree crew to sweep the town for the most critical items, officials said. After that work is complete, National Grid will start full-scale restoration efforts.
Auburn will not open a shelter. People in need of a place to go are being referred to the Red Cross regional shelter located at Worcester Vocational Technical High School on Skyline Drive.
Only two roads in town, Prospect Parkway and Buttonwood Lane, were partially blocked Tuesday morning due to trees and power lines across the street. They were open and passable by 3 p.m.
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