Wind and Water Dominate Firefighters’ Monday Agenda

December 18, 2023
Eversource power outage map showed Bedford with thousands of outages mid afternoon on Monday. Source: Eversource

Wind and water kept three crews of the Bedford Fire Department running all day on a stormy Monday.

“The majority of the responses this morning was for wind-related incidents. At least seven homes were struck by falling trees or limbs,” said Capt. Mark Sullivan. “The Gould Road neighborhood was impacted the most. One vehicle was struck by a limb on Concord Road by Hartwell Road; there were no injuries.”

“This afternoon’s responses have mostly been for flooded basements as the steady rain continues, but four emergency medical responses have sapped our available units,” he continued.

Sullivan added that firefighters responded to eight reports of downed wires, and reminded residents to “assume any wire is live and stay away from wires that are downed.” Just before 4 p.m., Sullivan noted, “Eversource stated that 25 percent of Bedford is without power. That’s 1,598 homes.”

Firefighter crews throughout the day cleared from one response and pivoted immediately to another, he said, and as it started to get dark, they had logged more than 30 requests for service. “They haven’t had a chance to return to the station in several hours.”

Meanwhile, Public Works Director David Manugian said workers on the Grounds and Highway Divisions remained during the evening commute in case they were needed to clear additional trees.

The Middlesex Community College campus on Springs Road closed for the day, although “the timing was good for us,” said Patrick Cook, vice president of administration. That’s because there are final examinations this week, and they were moved to an online format, postponed, or relocated to the Lowell campus, he said.

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