Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 29, 2012

WEB UPDATE: Sandy closes schools again Tuesday

The Andover Townsman

---- — Andover public schools will remain closed by tropical storm Sandy for a second day on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

While the town hasn't seen a flake of snow, the schools have had to use two "snow days" already.

"Schools are going to be closed mainly because we still have schools without power. We also have eight to 10 roads that are still impassible or down to one lane," said police chief Brian Pattullo Monday around 9 p.m. "Based on that, the superintendent made the decision to close school."

Memorial Hall Library will be open Tuesday and serve as a warming station and place to charge electronics for those who have lost power. Town Offices will be open on Tuesday "unless something drastic happens overnight," said Pattullo.

A portion of Haverhill Street will remain closed until at least Tuesday morning as National Grid workers need time to reset several poles taken down by felled trees. A portion of South Main Street is down to one lane because wind knocked down a tree there. Workers can only work on poles and wires when the wind dies down, said Pattullo.

"Once the wind hits 40 mph they don't work, so it's spotty," he said. "Until the weather [calms down] they won't be up in bucket trucks."

Andover has seen very little flooding, expect some road flooding caused by temporarily clogged storm drains, such as near Shawsheen Plaza. Public works employees continue to work to unclog drains.

While some trees have damaged houses, Pattullo said no injuries have been reported in Andover as a result of the storm.