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Live Blog: Continuous Coverage of Hurricane Irene in Merrimack Valley

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Darcy Rubino August 28, 2011 at 11:29 AM
Just hear the Peachtree area lost power.
Joe Veno August 28, 2011 at 12:05 PM
So far so good but the wind has not got here yet. STAY SAFE ......
Kirsten August 28, 2011 at 03:16 PM
My kitchen wall is taking in quite a bit of water. The paint is currently bubbling in 5 large areas. The smaller bubbles have already popped leaving quite a stream of water. One electrical outlet is bubbling around the seams. I just finished putting bowls under 2 ceiling vents that are dripping water in the bedrooms as well as a towel on the floor in the corner of one bedroom where giant water bubbles have already burst.
RickT August 28, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Power out in Sylvan Ter area, off Mass Ave.
Julie Hickey August 28, 2011 at 03:37 PM
No power on Kristin dr
Joe Veno August 28, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Tree across our street....
Sarah August 28, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Does anyone know what the big bang and flash of light was coming from Main St?
Sarah August 28, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Anyone with an Ipod touch or an Iphone can get a free app to hear the Fire Departments Scanner
southie August 28, 2011 at 04:33 PM
hood rd tree down across road andover st side
Gerald Carrigg August 28, 2011 at 04:42 PM
if you can turn elec to that part of house then get electrition to check house
Pat August 28, 2011 at 04:55 PM
some woman on my street is out with her 2 small children on bikes...no common sense.
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Just to let Westford readers know, comments are coming in from throughout the Merrimack Valley.
Barbara August 28, 2011 at 08:01 PM
I'm lucky I have power - but I have friends in the nab area with no power. Any idea when it should be restored.
Carol Olive August 28, 2011 at 08:20 PM
Has anyone heard when we will get power restored in N Chelmsford?
Krista Perry August 28, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Carol: Town Manager Paul Cohen has said it may be a few days.
Kristina Greene August 28, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Any word on when power will be back in the nab area of westford?
Andrew Sylvia (Editor) August 28, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Hi Kristina, I haven't heard word yet. When I hear, I'll let you know. I'd assume it would be similar to North Chelmsford.
Barbara August 28, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Kristina, thanks for posting the question again. Hope I can give my friends good news soon.
Barbara August 28, 2011 at 10:38 PM
One of my friends in Nab just got hers back but not my other 2 friends.
Jim Stratton August 28, 2011 at 10:54 PM
We got power back about 6:30 - North Chelmsford, behind the cemetery on Main Street just east (ish) of Route 3.
Jim Stratton August 28, 2011 at 10:55 PM
The live blog currently says "This Event is in Standby Mode" and I don't have the option to post to it...
Paul August 28, 2011 at 11:04 PM
Who do I contact about a downed STATE-OWNED tree across my driveway? I'm on Rt. 3A in East Chelmsford. Gotta get to work in the morning...
Jim Stratton August 28, 2011 at 11:19 PM
The link from "ADD YOUR PHOTO: Tropical Storm Irene Hits Chelmsford" on the front page results in a "Page Not Found."
Jim Stratton August 28, 2011 at 11:28 PM
from the MassDOT website - you could try 617-973-7800. They're on Twitter also - http://twitter.com/#!/massdot Good luck.
Melissa August 28, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Wondering if any word when South Chelmsford (jones farm / Kate's corner) might get power back? I know there are wires down on 27 at the moment.
Nicole Burke August 29, 2011 at 02:14 AM
finally after 12+ hours, the tree down on Locke Road..right into my neighbors driveway has been removed and power restored
AF August 29, 2011 at 03:09 AM
Sarah, the iPhone/ipod scanner app is 5-0 radio. The app uses feeds from scanners that are uploaded. Unfortunately North Andover's is not on there. It used to be but I think the old police chief uploaded it because it was taken down shortly after he packed up. But it has a ton of feeds and is pretty interesting.
Chris Hurst August 29, 2011 at 03:11 AM
still about 2637 people without power in westford... no update on a time frame on when power will be restored. National Grid is trying to hit the largets areas with outages first (Nab, rt 110, forge village road... ect.)

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