Braintree reported some power outages and trees down Monday afternoon as city officials began assessing damage from Hurricane Sandy.
"We have had some power outages in the Mayflower Road, Pilgrim Stetson Ave. area. A tree fell on Frederick Road damaging a chimney on one home and knocking out power to two homes. There are also trees down on West Street, Pond Street and Hollis Ave. Heavier winds will arrive in the next several hours as we enter the height of the storm,'' Peter Morin, chief of staff and operations for the town, said at about 4:30 pm Monday.
Earlier in the day, Braintree reported minimal damage.
One tree fell down Monday morning, however crews were shortly on scene to remove the tree. Yet besides that, there has been no flooding and no power outages due to the storm.
Although things are still somewhat calm throughout the community, the Senior Center on Cleveland Ave will be a temporary relief center for anyone who is displaced or who needs shelter.
According to Morin, anyone with storm-related issues should also call 911, as there will be DPW crews and Braintree Electric Light Department officials on hand at the dispatch to relay information to workers throughout the town.
As for storm surge, though Braintree is not much of a coastal community, the Gordon Road area may feel the effects of a storm surge during high tide at midnight, as it did during the Perfect Storm of 1991.
At this point, however, “we’re more concerned with the winds,” Morin said.
The South Shore Plaza closed its doors at 1 p.m. The MBTA also shut down at 2 p.m.