Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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May 1, 2014

High winds down trees, cause power outages

Sue Brenner had just left her house on Acropolis Circle last Thursday, April 24, and was heading north on Woburn Street. As she turned the corner, she was met with a big surprise: A tree had fallen into the street, dragging down wires, snapping a telephone pole and blocking the way.

“It happened right in front of me,” she said. “It was crazy.”

She said she immediately called police, but not before taking a picture to commemorate the event, which happened around 9:30 a.m.

“It was really dangerous,” she said. “There were tons of wires in the road. The pole just snapped in half.”

By the time she got home a short while later, the power to her home — and hundreds of others — was out.

Within a few hours, she and other area residents got their power back.

Town and utility crews made quick work of the tree, cutting it up and hauling most of it away by mid-day.

National Grid crews replaced the pole and had the utility cables hoisted back into place by early evening.

Woburn Street was blocked most of the day at two places — at Enfield Drive to the north and at Parthenon Circle to the south. The northern detour took motorists back to Ballardvale Road. The southern detour forced motorists to turn around and go back either to Rattlesnake Hill Road or all the way to Route 125. An officer on the scene said the road was to have been reopened by 7 or 8 p.m.

While the downed tree on Woburn Street was probably the worst, it was not the only problem in town last week attributed to high winds.

A tree fell on Porter Road around 11:36 a.m., damaging a utility pole and wires. At around noon, a tree fell on Pine Street. The tree department was notified. About the same time, a tree was reported down and blocking Spring Grove Road. Utility lines were also down and National Grid responded to that situation as well.

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