AUBURN, Mass. – Hurricane Sandy has gotten stronger in Auburn late Monday afternoon, causing power outages in different areas of town, the fire department reported at 7 p.m.
Glenn Johnson, public information officer for the department, said trees are falling on power lines in some areas in Auburn, resulting in no power for neighborhoods. These streets include Leicester Street, Chestnut Street and Mt. View Avenue.
There are also situations with live wires on the ground, Johnson said. These streets include Old Common Road and Buttonwood Lane.
Johnson reported earlier this afternoon that there was no power on South Street between Route 20 and Central Street.
National Grid is assessing conditions. The Fire Department will be meeting with National Grid and determine how many people are without power. Check back with The Auburn Daily Voice for more updates on power outages.
The Fire Department is also putting together a list of people who would use a shelter. Call up the department at 508-832-7800 if you would use a shelter.
If there is a need to open a comfort station (which is a temporary day-time facility) or a full shelter operation, the town will provide information to residents through a variety of mechanisms, including CodeRED, the town’s website, Auburn Cable Television Channel 12 and Auburn’s information radio 1610 AM.
If people are not signed up to CodeRED, then now is the time, according to Fire Chief Stephen Coleman. CodeRED is a new emergency notification service by which town officials can notify Auburn residents and businesses by telephone, cell phone, text message or email about time-sensitive emergency situations.
To register for CodeRED, visit the town’s website. It will say CodeRED on the front page; follow the instructions to register.
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