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LIVE Blog: Hurricane Sandy: Swampscott Info Center

The town winds back up after Sandy with school in session, town offices open and just about business as usual.

Live Rundown of Storm Events:

Oct. 30

11:40 a.m.

Superintendent Lynne Celli reported that schools opened at their regular times today and there were no problems.

A small tree came down on Monday at one of the schools and it was cleared by school maintenance. Otherwise all was well.

The superintendent said she opted to have school Tuesday after consulting with the maintenance department, listening to the governor's report last night and staying up to see whether there were any problems with flooding at high tide.

11:10 a.m.

Local weatherman George Allen, who has a weather station at his home above Fisherman's Beach, said winds were up to 60 at the peak of the storm at exposed areas along the coast.  Elsewhere, they were much less.  There wasn't a lot of rain. (Weather data plots are attached to the story.)

11 a.m.

Public Works Director Gino Cresta reported that the department is out today picking up small tree limbs and doing storm clean-up and monitoring tides in case any roads need to be closed.

Only three town trees came down during the storm, one of them on a home at 37 Bates last night.

00:06 a.m.

Fire Chief Kevin Breen said Sandy's surge at the second high tide, midnight, was less intense than her surge at the high tide at 11:30 Monday morning.

At midnight, there was some minor splash over at King's Beach and the tide was not reaching the parking lot at Fisherman's Beach.

As far as power outages, the town had about 1,100 homes and businesses without power as of midnight, he said.

These included about 300 homes in the Blodgett Avenue and Cutting Road area. A National Grid crew was working on a line there and it looked like power was going to be restored within an hour or two.

Power was also out in part of Vinnin Square, on the Stop & Shop side, and along Paradise Road from Whole Foods Market to Swampscott Avenue, just before the DPW garage, the fire chief said.

 

Oct. 29

10 p.m. Swampscott Town Administrator Tom Younger reports that Town Hall, the Swampscott Library and the Senior Center will all be open at regular times on Tuesday.

9:30 p.m., reports of power outages again at Vinnin Square and along Paradise Road.

8 p.m.: About 7 p.m. a tree came down on a house at 37 Bates Road, near Cindy's market, said the DPW director. No reports of injuries. DPW crews are on the scene removing the tree, which was a town tree.

6 p.m.: We will let you know when hear an announcement about school on Tuesday. Superintendent Lynne Celli told us within the last hour that she has been consulting with the town administrator, department heads and fellow superintendents and is awaiting any recommendation from the governor. 

5:47 p.m.: High tide and wild waves were much of what got people's attention late this morning. Now the main events are downed tree limbs. 

DPW Director Gino Cresta says tree limbs have come down on Barnstable Street, Humphrey Street by the former temple, and Morton Road.

We also noticed a large tree limb down at the corner of Boynton Street and Burrill.

National Grid crews are working on lines and Swampscott police are directing traffic at several sites in town including Paradise Road and Morton.

As of 5:30 p.m. all of Vinnin Square except for CVS pharmacy was without power.

The beaches had waves as high as 6 feet but because the tide was heading out they were away from any roads.

3:20 p.m.: Swampscott Fire Chief Kevin Breen reports storm-related events have picked up dramatically in the last hour. 

About 1,500 homes and businesses are without power.

They include all of Vinnin Square, parts of Essex Street and the high numbered end of Humphrey Street, he said.

Power remains at the high school, which would open for emergency shelter if need be.

1:56 p.m.: DPW Director Gino Cresta reports that there has been very little rain just winds and no flooding.

Tree limbs have fallen on roads or sidewalks at Suffolk Avenue, Dennison Avenue. Belleair Drive, Puritan Lane and, most recently, 701 Humphrey St.

The town reopened the road at Humphrey at Monument about 1 p.m.

12:55 p.m. 354 Essex Street tree limb down.

12:54 pm Power outage reported on Burrill.

12:30ish Utility pole on fire behind Stop & Shop

 

 

 

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Irene wreaked havoc on the boats that remained in the water in Swampscott in August 2011. The damage from other storms in recent months and years have resulted in massive flooding and downed trees.It remains to be scene what Sandy may have in store. Basic items such as water and batteries may be scarce at times, as everyone stocks up to prepare for the worst. You can share info about where to find these items and who has gotten the latest delivery by commenting here.

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Greg October 29, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Power outage on Minerva Street
Terry Date (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Greg, Glad your family is OK. Hopefully, that was an isolated incident where people weren't sure what was going on and were reluctant to get involved. Thanks for your updates.
Terry Date (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 06:01 PM
1:56 p.m.: DPW Director Gino Cresta reports that there has been very little rain just winds and no flooding. Tree limbs have fallen on roads or sidewalks at Suffolk Avenue, Dennison Avenue. Belleair Drive, Puritan Lane and, most recently, 701 Humphrey St. The town reopened the road at Humphrey at Monument about 1 p.m.
Scott Sagan October 29, 2012 at 06:51 PM
Tree down on Puritan Avenue
Terry Date (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 07:25 PM
About 1,500 homes and businesses are without power. They include all of Vinnin Square, parts of Essex Street and the high numbered end of Humphrey Street, he said. Power remains at the high school, which would open for emergency shelter if need be.
Greg October 29, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Another tree limb down on Belleair Drive
Greg October 29, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Some type of power line down on Summit View Drive. PD is on the scene.
Terry Date (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 09:43 PM
National Grid bucket trucks at work on Paradise Road by WHole Foods. Tree limbs on Barnstable Street, Humphrey Street by the former temple, at the corner of Boynton Street and Burrill and Morton Road.
Terry Date (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Tuesdays curbside trash collection is on schedule. It is recommended to place trash out first thing in the morning. Truck will begin route at approximately 7:00 am.
Ana Fuentes October 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Is there school Tuesday?
Ana Fuentes October 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Please let me know soon
Terry Date (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM
No decision, yet Ana. The superintendent has been consulting with the town administrator, department heads and fellow superintendents and is awaiting any recommendation from the governor. We will let you know, as soon as we hear, one way or the other.
David Arsenault October 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM
could be isolated, only the one particular neighbor in my area did that. The few I talked to about it were shocked.
Ana Fuentes October 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Ok thank you, ill be checking in
Greg October 29, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Tree limb still in the middle of belleair drive. Any idea if dpw is still picking up limbs?
Terry Date (Editor) October 29, 2012 at 11:22 PM
We will check, Greg.
David Matela October 29, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I just posted a humorous picture to add a little levity to the situation. Please accept it in the spirit for which it was intended.
Terry Date (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 12:02 AM
8 p.m.: About 7 p.m. a tree came down on a house at 37 Bates Road, near Cindy's market, said the DPW director. No reports of injuries. DPW crews are on the scene removing the tree, which was a town tree.
Joseph Bennett October 30, 2012 at 12:23 AM
I don't believe the Supt.of Schools tweets. If you haven't received a phone call, seen it on the district website or news station, it's not the case.
Terry Date (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 12:50 AM
The DPW director said crews will be removing debris through the night, Greg. A second shift is coming in after midnight, too. As of 8 p.m. a crew was at Bates removing a tree that fell on a house.
Terry Date (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 12:56 AM
We like levity, especially when it involves Godzilla or King Kong , thanks, David.
Terry Date (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 01:36 AM
Reports of power outages again at Vinnin Square and along Paradise Road.
Terry Date (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 01:57 AM
MBTA will be running Tuesday. State offices open at 10 am
Terry Date (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Swampscott Town Administrator Tom Younger reports that Town Hall, the Swampscott Library and the Senior Center will all be open at regular times on Tuesday.
Terry Date (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Fire Chief Kevin Breen said Sandy's surge at the second high tide, midnight, was less intense than her surge at the high tide at 11:30 Monday morning. At midnight, there was some minor splash over at King's Beach and the tide was not reaching the parking lot at Fisherman's Beach.
Terry Date (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 04:19 AM
As far as power outages, the town had about 1,100 homes and businesses without power as of midnight, the fire chief said. These included about 300 homes in the Blodgett Avenue and Cutting Road area. A National Grid crew was working on a line there and it looked like power was going to be restored within an hour or two. Power was also out in part of Vinnin Square, on the Stop & Shop side, and along Paradise Road to Swampscott Avenue, just before the DPW garage, the fire chief said.
Liz October 30, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Thank you to all the town employees who worked long and hard during the storm and also to Terry who keeps us all informed 24/7.
kim lc October 31, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Grew up in Swampscott, lived through and experienced hurricanes, really am grateful to see pictures from the area I called home. The hurricane videos at some of my favorite places, Phillips' Beach and King's Beach, were awesome. Thanks to all those who posted them. I live in Colorado now and miss the ocean so very much. Kim
David Arsenault October 31, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Aron Reems was just out on 1A cleaning storm drains for that cell, just passed and 5 homes had to go out and move their cars to higher ground, what a way to live.
David Arsenault October 31, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Do any sking out there?

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