Utility companies had been put on notice by Gov. Deval Patrick to do a better job this year than they did in last year’s pre-Halloween storm or face fines.
There was also isolated flooding caused by storm drains clogged with leaves. Public works employees spent Monday and Tuesday clearing drains in areas such as Shawsheen Plaza, Beacon Street, River Road and the bottom of Essex Street.
Workers from the town’s forestry, parks, highway and public works departments handled the cleanup around town. Felled trees could be found across town.
The town reports that homeowners can pick up fallen branches on their property, bundle those branches in small groups and put them with their household trash. But they should not leave limbs and other debris by the road, expecting the town to clean them up.
The Department of Public Works offered this information to those cleaning up their yards after Superstorm Sandy.
Trash on target: Trash and recycling are being picked up on the regular schedule during this week.
Branches & debris removal: Town crews are working to clear downed trees and large limbs from roadways only, not private yards. Residents should contact a private tree service for removal of trees and limbs from their property. Residents should not place limbs and storm debris along the roadway or on sidewalks. There is no public drop-off location.
Discolored water: Due to a slight disruption in power at the McQuade Water Treatment Plant on Monday, Oct. 29, residents may have experienced disruption in water service and/or discolored water for sporadic periods. People who experience discolored water are advised to run outside spigots for 10-15 minutes to flush the outside lines before the water enters the house. `