PLYMOUTH – When tropical storm Isaias hit Tuesday, 85% of town lost power. By Thursday, Mayor David Merchant said power had been restored for many residents but there is still a lot of work ahead.
“We’ve taken a big chunk out of that number, cutting it not quite in half,” Merchant said. “But there are still 2,500 Eversource customers without power.”
The traffic lights on Main Street, which were knocked out, have since been turned back on. However, Gosinski Park, the Plymouth Food Pantry and the Water Pollution Control Authority remain without power and Merchant said they need to get back up and running as soon as possible.
Town Hall was able to run on a backup generator, but internet and phones went down. Town Hall’s phones and internet were restored Thursday morning and police and fire radios remained operational throughout this time.
Merchant said the storm resulted in a lot of trees going down and wires hanging in the middle of the road. The town has been working to put detours in place.
“High Street had a tree in the middle of the road and multiple telephone poles went down on Carter Road,” Merchant said. “We probably have four to five roads which are not passable.”
Merchant said Eversource crews have been working with local road crews all of Tuesday and into the night to get roads open. They went around town to places where wires were down to make sure that they could be safely cleared.
“Our crews mobilized and did a great job getting roads open,” Merchant said. “The next step is all in Eversource’s hands as they work to get power restored. A lot of people had their transformers blown.”
Merchant said he hopes to have the brush and leaf disposal facility on Tunnel Road opened Saturday.
“We’ve been inundated with calls from residents who have so much fallen brush in their yards,” he said.
Merchant said he has not opened town hall as a shelter due to social distancing. However, residents with medical issues who are without power and need to charge medical devices are being let in so they can do so.
“We’re fortunate that this didn’t happen in January,” Merchant said. “The weather is warm and we’re encouraging people to shelter in place.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.