Although over 4,000 customers are without power in Quincy as of Tuesday morning, Quincy officials are saying they are lucky the storm went as well as it did.
“Last night’s high tide - we lucked out. The winds calmed down, changed direction from the south, tides were high but no storm surge and no coastal flooding. We really lucked out yesterday,” said Ward One City Councilor Margaret Laforest.
As of Tuesday morning, the waters that had crept inland in some places had receded, and many areas that had been without power during the storm had their power restored while the storm was in progress.
Critical areas where pumps were needed to ensure neighborhoods didn’t flood also had power restored during the height of the storm.
While a whole section of the city is still in the dark, from Southern Artery to the Fore River Bridge, Laforest said National Grid expects issues to be resolved today.
“As the winds increased into the evening, they pulled crews off, but they are back out there this morning,” she said. “With past storms we’ve been waiting days, not knowing, not having communication…this storm [National Grid] has been much better.”
Public Works employees also mitigated concerns about the marsh not emptying during low tide.
“The public works team did a great job. Post island Road was under water, as was Edgewater and Turner, and the tide fells did not get exposed for us to release the flood waters, so they pumped water out [over] the seawall for the waters to be released, because if a storm surge had happened, we would have been in trouble,” Laforest said.
Quincy Police added that all roads were open as of this morning, and the biggest complaint was overwash from the ocean, though there was no major flooding.
Overall, things went smoothly.
“Everything went very well. A big thanks to Public Works team, parks, police, fire, utility workers - Quincy was very prepared. We got resources in, rented additional pumps at Post Island, places we anticipated problems. We had resources in place to deal with problems as they arose. It was a great coordinated effort in the city of Quincy. A big thanks to the Koch admin for a job well done,” she said.
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