READING, MA — Sunday night’s heavy rain and wind gusts caused extensive damage, mostly due to large fallen trees, within RMLD’s service area resulting in snapped poles, downed primary and secondary wires, damaged transformers, etc. Large tree removals, pole sets, and new wire runs consume extensive hours, even within one outage area. Crews have been rotated throughout the system with mutual aid arriving late Monday afternoon. Early mutual aid requests were not filled due to similar outages in the New England area and ongoing support efforts with the hurricanes in the Caribbean.
Outages included a total of one main feeder outage, 38 area outages, and dozens of single service damages, impacting 2,000 RMLD customers in Reading, North Reading, Wilmington, and Lynnfield Center. RMLD has been working around the clock with the help of some mutual aid, and will continue to work to restore power to all that were affected. There are multiple customers in each town who require electrician work prior to RMLD restoring power; Customer Action Notices are being emailed.
As of 10:30am Tuesday morning, 31 out of the 38 area outages have been restored. The number of customers that remain without power due to area outages include: 58 customers in Reading, 175 customers in North Reading, 10 customers in Wilmington, and 6 customers in Lynnfield. All crews continue to work diligently to restore power for these customers.
The RMLD appreciates the support of Mayer Tree and their tree/crane service who cleared a number of large trees to allow for RMLD access, Mutual Aid from a number of municipal systems and Power Line Contractors, along with Verizon pole sets.
RMLD would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience as we continue to work to get the lights back on.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Reading Municipal Light Department.)
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