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Blandford Still Darkened Following Storm

BLANDFORD, Mass (WGGB) — One of the towns hardest hit with power outages is Blandford. Nearly everyone in town lost power early Monday evening, and it hasn’t come back since.

Closed roads and the murmur of generators filled the air Tuesday.

Firefighters say they were surprised when almost their entire town plunged into darkness around five Monday evening.

Officials say these downed lines on North Blandford Road and these ones on Route 23 are the big problems, in more ways than one.

“They did an awful lot of tree work around here but apparently it’s never enough when you’re fighting mother nature,” Deputy Fire Chief Tom Ackley said.

The closed section of Route 23 is just mere miles from the center of Blandford. Because of the downed wires, it took about 20 extra minutes for commuters to pass through town.

“Everybody goes to Otis up through here, back and forth,” Michael Wojcik said. Wojcik first discovered the Route 23 downed limb Monday night. “It’s a pretty main throughway.”

Michael and his wife Rayma have a generator, but they’re relatives do not, meaning the Wojcik home becomes the coffee house each time power goes out.

“It’s enjoyable to have everybody come in and stay close and know that everybody’s safe,” Rayma said.

Firefighters say emergency management operations have been running smoothly. Some like Tony van Wekhooven narrowly missed major tree damage. While most are taking the outage in stride, even those enjoying coffee at the Wojcik say another storm related outage has them thinking about buying generators themselves.

“Probably, wait until the price goes down,” Ralph Blood said. “Right now they’re sky high.”

Route 23 is now open and WMECo says they are working on restoring the power throughout the night and into tomorrow.

The electric company anticipates almost everyone will have power back by Wednesday evening.


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