The Belmont Police Department fielded over 100 Sandy-related calls on Monday as the leafy town was battered by strong winds that toppled trees and power lines. Still, Belmont escaped the worst of it.
“We did have a lot of branches and trees down,” said Belmont Police Lieutenant Kristen Daley, “but no one got hurt.”
The biggest problems, she said, were large trees blocking roads, as well as flooding that made it difficult for emergency vehicles to navigate the town.
“It started at 11, and we had tree limbs falling down til a little after midnight,” she said. There were some limbs that landed on homes, but didn’t cause any major structural damage.
On Marsh Street, she said, one gigantic tree fell and required special equipment to move. Even with heavy-lifting equipment, the tree wouldn’t budge. The road was blocked for quite a while, she said.
The town has its own electric utility, but some downed telephone poles are waiting for Verizon crews to clean them up. Daley said she wasn’t sure how long that would take.
Belmont cleanup crews worked all night, and are still working now, she said.
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