By Bonnie Adams, Government Editor
Region – Sandy continues to aggravate as heavy rains are currently soaking the region. Showers will continue through tomorrow and Thursday before things finally start to subside.
Much of the region has had power restored but there are still thousands who have not been so lucky. And tomorrow, is of course, Halloween. Check in with the C.A. tomorrow morning. We’ll have an update on which towns will allow Halloween and which will choose to postpone it.
Here are updates from several of the towns in the C.A. readership area:
Northborough – National Grid reported that it had over 25 repairs crews and seven tree crews working in town today. Power was restored to the Woodside Substation, located at the intersection of Allen Street and Rice Avenue, mid-afternoon. As a result, power has been restored to a number of Northborough residents and crews will remain in town and continue to work throughout the night. Residents whose power has been restored may experience brief outages as permanent repairs are made throughout the system. Any and all outages should be reported immediately to National Grid at 1-800-322-3223.
Algonquin Regional High School will be open tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 31. At the present time, it is anticipated that all Northborough K-8 Schools will open tomorrow, pending full power restoration to each of the schools. In the event that power is not fully restored, a standard school closing notification will be made early Wednesday morning.
Trash pickup will proceed as scheduled this week.
Marlborough – No decision has been made on Halloween/trick or treating activities. This is due to the fact that the city is still working with National Grid on fixing the down power lines and restoring power to all residents. A decision on trick or treating will likely occur later this evening or early tomorrow. Officials say this decision will be made purely from a public safety point of view so that no parents or children will be in harm's way in any neighborhood.
Allied waste services will be providing curbside collection of yard waste beginning Monday, Nov. ?5 through Friday, Nov. 30. No grass clippings will be allowed and waste must be placed in biodegradable paper bags.
Further questions regarding yard waste collection can be directed to [email protected].
Southborough – Approximately 800 homes are still without power. The west side of town near the Westborough border was recently restored.
Westborough – Power remains out for 1,434 customers.? NGrid has been able to re-energize 180 customers today in Westborough.