AUBURN, Mass. – With Hurricane Sandy blowing through Auburn on Monday, 282 National Grid customers are without power as of 7:30 p.m. However, National Grid won’t begin restoring power for the 282 customers until Wednesday.
“National Grid will begin damage assessments tomorrow and plans to begin restoration on Wednesday and continue as long as necessary,” according to a CodeRED alert from Town Manager Julie Jacobson.
Glenn Johnson, public information officer for the Auburn Fire Department, said most of the outages are in the Leicester/Rochdale Street area, as well as the Washington/South Street area. He said that starting restoration on Wednesday doesn’t mean that power will be back on for everyone on Wednesday.
Auburn will not open a shelter, he said. If people need to head to a shelter, Johnson said they will be referred to the Red Cross regional shelter located at Worcester Vocational Technical High School on Skyline Drive.
Jacobson’s CodeRED alert also said that most roads in town are open and passable with the exception of Prospect Parkway and Buttonwood Lane, which are partially blocked.
In addition, Superintendent of Public Schools, Dr. Maryellen Brunelle, will decide early Tuesday morning whether to cancel school based on the storm’s progression.
All town offices, including Town Hall, the Auburn Public Library, and the Lorraine Nordgren Gleick Senior Center, will be open Tuesday as normally scheduled. Telephone and internet service to Town Hall may be intermittent but the offices will be open.
The Department of Public Works Brush Pile will also be open Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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