UPDATE: NSTAR says as of 8:30 a.m. 13% of its Framingham customers are without power or 3,881 customers. NSTAR also indicated Framingham service should be restored by Nov. 2. (evening).
Residents of the Pheasant Hill neighborhood went almost a week without power, after what was Hurricane Irene hit Framingham.
This weekend as a Halloween Nor'easter dumped 4-5 inches of heavy, wet snow in Framingham, many in that same neighborhood are again without power and now, also without heat.
Denise Zadina, who lives in the Phesant Hill neighborhood, told Framingham Patch via our Facebook page she had been without power since 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Around 8 p.m. Sunday, the temperature in her home was down to 55 degrees. She said she was surviving with lots of blankets and candles.
The bad news for this neighborhood and others without power is that NSTAR increased the number of customers in Framingham without power to 5,017, as of midnight on Oct. 31.
That 5,000+ number is the highest number of outages reported by NSTAR all weekend in Framingham and accounts for about 16.9% of the town. NSTAR, late Sunday night, said it is still assessing damage in Framingham and could not give a date and time when all power will be restored to the community.
Framingham never opened an emergency shelter nor activated its emergency operations center during and after the snowstorm.
A reverse 9-1-1 call went out to residents after 5 p.m. saying those who need to seek emergency shelter should go to Wayland Middle School. (Natick opened Morse Library as a "warming center" overnight.)
Around 7 p.m. Gale Cohen wrote on Patch Facebook "Still no power on Edgell Drive! Temp outside equals temp inside. We are all huddled near the fireplace!"
Robin O'Neil told Patch she had been without power since 4 a.m. and everyone was "sleeping together in our family room with layered clothing, blankets and our furry dogs!"
Unfortunately, temperatures are expected to drop into the 20s overnight.
That temperature drop could cause problems with the morning commute, too. Drivers may experience black ice.
And those who use the MBTA commuter rail line in Framingham should expect delays, also. A 30 mile-per-hour speed restriction has been placed on all trains using the Worcester-Framingham line, by its owners CSX.
Finding a way to stay warm overnight and keeping pipes from bursting were top priorities for many homeowners, experiencing a power outage. Click here for tips from the American Red Cross, on ways to prevent and thaw frozen pipes.
Some who have been without electricity since 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday night, were staying with neighbors or family, as temperatures in their homes had dropped into the 50s, 24 hours later.
Even those with electricty were dealing with cold temperatures. A resident at the Bishop Gardens Condominiums emailed Patch to say more than 100 condos had electricty, but no heat as the building that has the heat and hot water lost power. Patch also heard from a resident at Wilson Garden condos that some there had no electricty and no heat, as a large branch yanked electric wires down.
Between 5 p.m. Saturday when the first snowflakes began to fall and midnight Sunday, received almost 50 calls for downed trees and wires.
Department of Public Works crews were busy Sunday removed debris and tree limbs from various roads.
Trash pick up is on a normal schedule.
Framingham Schools, which were open post-Hurricane Irene with more than 50% of the town without power, are open today (Halloween).
The reverse 9-1-1 calls asked parents to take care in getting children to school, as many secondary roads still have downed trees and wires.
That same reverse 9-1-1 call also asked parents to take care with trick or treating. Framingham has no plans to cancel trick or treating, said Town Manager Julian Suso this morning.
Governor Deval Patrick will be in Framingham at about 9:30 this morning. He will receive a storm response briefing from cabinet members and meet with utility company representatives to discuss power restoration efforts at the headquarters.