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Scituate schools, town offices to remain closed Wednesday

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  February 12, 2013 03:39 PM

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Scituate Public Schools and town offices will remain closed on Wednesday as the town struggles through a fourth day with limited power.

Town officials have been working continuously since Friday afternoon after a massive storm dumped almost two feet of snow on the community and pummeled the shore with high winds and coastal flooding.

According to Town Administrator Patricia Vinchesi, the town still has a ways to go before it's back on its feet, and will first need to restore power to the 3,900 customers, or nearly half the town, that's still in the dark.

“[National Grid] has 84 crews and 168 people working in the town, and we’re still 48 percent out,” Vinchesi said.

National Grid hopes to have power restored to those remaining customers by the end of Wednesday, according to a release from the town.

Humarock, which is serviced by NStar, has also progress in restoring power. On Monday, that entire section of town was without power. By Tuesday, the number of customers with out power was about a dozen.

“The line in Humarock has been energized and many people will have service connection problems and will need to have their service connection inspected before they are fully restored,” Vinchesi said.

Power restoration will dictate how quickly life can return to some kind of normal in Scituate. On Monday night, 30 people were still at the town’s shelter, and the public was invited to charge cell phones and shower Tuesday night from 4 to 9 p.m.

“Obviously if electricity is still out, that dictates what flows from there, but that’s our main priority - trying to get back to business as usual with the caveat of trying to insure people’s safety and making sure school children are not endangered,” Vinchesi said.

Normal has returned in some ways. All of the public roads have been plowed while snow removal from sidewalks continues.

Mail will be delivered to streets that have accessible and snow-free mailboxes. The transfer station will open at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Town officies will open to employees on Wednesday, and the Recreation Department will offer limited services to kids in the High School gym.

Most other town functions should return by Thursday, including opening Town Hall to the public.

Elsewhere, things will take time.

“We have crews cleaning. We had to clear the roads for emergency access and we’ll be in the process of removing debris and materials, but that will take several weeks,” Vinchesi said.

The town will also have to deal with sea wall damage on Oceanside Drive, where rocks have chipped away sections of the wall.

Though the wall as a whole isn't structurally unsound, these issues will have to be repaired.

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