Newton residents awoke Tuesday morning to fallen tree limbs and more than 4,000 households without power after Hurricane Sandy swept through the ctiy.
“The city crews are aggressively attempting to clear sidewalks and roadways of limbs,” said Newton Mayor Setti Warren.
About 27 local streets are still blocked with debris, limbs and wires, said Bob Rooney, the city’s chief operating officer.
Those areas have to be cleared for children to return back to school, he said. Schools were closed on Tuesday.
Throughout the storm, Newton, known as the Tree City, received 580 calls about downed limbs and trees.
“In a city that’s got this much tree canopy, when you have 60 mph winds, you’re going to lose trees,” Rooney said.
Newton officials warn residents that they should not move any limbs themselves, because there may be wires tangled in the branches. Residents should report fallen branches to the city at 617-796-2100.
Newton officials are also talking with NStar representatives to determine when residents can expect their electricity to be back on, Rooney said.
According to NStar’s outage map, 11 percent of the city is without power.
Some of the power outages are affecting elderly and federal housing complexes and the city may open some shelters if the electricity stays off for an extended period of time, Rooney said.
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