UPDATE: Power Came Back at 4:26 P.M. on Wednesday, No Recurring Outages Expected
According to Public Relations Manager, Priscilla Gottwald, RMLD, the problem was fixed and power returned at 4:26 P.M.
This article was updated at with information provided by Priscilla Gottwald, Public Relations Manager, RMLD:
Thursday, 10:25 a.m. — According to Priscilla Gottwald, a spokesperson for the Reading Municipal Light Department, power was restored at 4:26 p.m. on Wednesday.
"There should be no recurring outages," said Gottwald.
Wednesday, 2:27 p.m.— Patricia Gottwald, a spokesperson for the RMLD, said that power companies are hoping to restore power by 3:30 p.m.
"NSTAR crews in Woburn and National Grid crews in Tewksbury are working on the problem and hope to have the power restored by 3:30 p.m. today," said Gottwald.
According to Gottwald, at approximately 12:46 P.M., while an NSTAR crew was working on a de-energerized transmission line in Woburn, a pole fell on another NSTAR transmission line causing a major power outage.
Reading Municipal Light Department residents and businesses in Wilmington, Reading, Lynnfield and North Reading fed by this NSTAR transmission line lost power.
Surrounding towns of Tewksbury, Woburn, Stoneham and Billerica were also affected.
The Reading Police station sent out a message town-wide informing the community of the outage, and also sent out traffic control officers to monitor and deal with the traffic situation.