With overnight winds gusting to 55 miles per hour coupled with more than 2 inches of rain, Bedford woke up to a mess on Thursday morning. Power lines were down; fallen trees blocked major roads, neighborhood streets, and at least one home’s driveway.
All out efforts by the Bedford Police and DPW, Eversource, contractors, and homeowners are evident. Clean-up began been early Thursday morning with removing fallen limbs and downed trees so that power could be restored and roads could be reopened.
Town Manager Sarah Stanton checked in at the end of her very long day, having arrived at Town Hall well before daylight. “Working through the night, Bedford’s DPW, fire, and police did a fantastic job. They are professionals, and we’re lucky to have such a dedicated staff.”
By late morning, the number of Bedford customers without electrical service had dropped to 398 ( 7% — down from 45% at 6 am) according to the Eversource Outage Map (https://outagemap.eversource.com).
At 6 pm, the number of outages on the Eversource map had dipped to 171, or just under 3%.
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Bring Yard Waste from the Storm to the Compost Center
According to Recycling Manager Ed McGrath, Bedford’s Compost Center on Carlisle Road will be open for residents to dispose of yard waste during extended hours:
- 8 am until 3 pm on Saturday, October 19, and
- 8:30 am until 3:30 pm on Wednesday, October 23.
Thursday Morning Truck Traffic
Trucks were out and about early on Thursday morning – Click each image to see it at full size.
Maximum Observed Wind Gust
According to the National Weather Service at Boston, wind gusts up to 55 mph were clocked in Bedford.
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Diane H. sent this view of Old Billerica Road around 8 o’clock in the morning.
Cars swerved to avoid brush in the street, covering a full lane, as crews work to restore power in the neighborhood.