Braintree is recovering from the blizzard that caused sporadic power outages around town and closed all schools and town offices.
Police received 105 calls yesterday, 50 of which concerned downed or low-hanging telephone and cable wires. Although the town experienced power outages throughout the day, Braintree Electric overall kept power outages at a minimum, said Peter Morin, Chief of operations and staff in Braintree.
Wires were brought down on Washington Street, Wyman Road and Massachusetts Avenue, and a live wire was brought down on Elm due to the heavy snowfall and intense winds. But according to Morin, “everything was addressed fairly rapidly."
Today’s main concern is clearing the sidewalks for schools.
“There were some concerns because not all the sidewalks were cleared prior to opening the schools, but everyone was a bit more patient and things got done. People got to school safely,” Morin said.
This afternoon, Donald Ross Elementary School and Highlands Elementary School will have extra police detail to help with snowy sidewalks.
“[We will] try to get the sidewalks adjacent to the schools cleared as a priority. Ross is a walker school, no one takes the bus, and Highlands ... has a narrow street. So we’re addressing those schools first,” Morin said.
The town also did have a transformer catch fire in the morning on Jersey Avenue, but there were no injuries and no power outages because of the fire.
Overall, Morin was pleased with the response the town had to the storm.
“We haven’t had an overall assessment yet, but we’re pleased we’ve been able to address the roads and have them in a condition the superintendent felt was appropriate to open school today. It was a significant storm, we knew it was going to be, and we put precautions and recourses in place to address it,” Morin said.