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UPDATE: Full Power Restoration Could Take Days

Some Attleboro homes might not have power until Saturday night.

2:30 p.m. UPDATE Seekonk Board of Selectmen Chair Francis Cavaco told Patch the latest information from National Guard is that there are 240 customers without power. The worst-case scenario is that all power will be restored by Friday at 3 p.m., but it is possible this could happen much sooner.

Cavaco said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts, came by Town Hall today. She was invited to attend next week's selectmen meeting to talk about the power outages and answer questions. She said she would check her schedule to see if she could do that. If she can come, the utility's local operations manager would attend the meeting with her. The local president of Verizon was also invited to attend the meeting and may be able to do that.

The number of people in Attleboro without power has actually gone up from 425 customers this morning to 665 as of 2:08 p.m., according to National Grid's website. The website states all power will be restored no later than Saturday at 11:59 p.m.

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Progress is being made on restoring power to National Grid customers in Attleboro and Seekonk, but the job might not be finished until the weekend, according to the utility's website.

As of Wednesday at 5:28 a.m., there are 425 customers without power in Attleboro (down from a post-Hurricane Sandy high of 1,565) and 1,337 customers without power in Seekonk (down from a post-Hurricane Sandy high of 3,189). National Grid's website states it could take until Friday at 11:59 p.m. to restore power to all of Seekonk and until Saturday at 11:59 p.m. to do the same in Attleboro.

National Grid wrote in a press release issued Tuesday evening that approximately 237,000 Massachusetts customers lost power during the hurricane. Power was restored to about half of them by mid-day Tuesday, the release states.

"Restoration work continues around the clock, in parallel with ongoing wires down activity and tree clearing," the release states. "Work will continue 24/7 until all customers have power."

Seekonk and Attleboro each have a National Grid liaison working with the respective governments during the restoration. Attleboro Detective Sgt. Arthur Brillon said at a Tuesday afternoon press conference that Mayor Kevin Dumas was "overall ... pleased with the responsiveness of National Grid."

paul poirier October 31, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Mother Nature sniffles, Nat Grid goes down. Imagine a hit like Mrs Jersey got here in Seekonk. Nat Grid should be broken up &reregulayed
Briana Auclair October 31, 2012 at 11:09 AM
The front portion of Oakhill Family Park is back up, the back (which has more homes than the front) is still in the dark. I can see my neighbors lights on and here I am in the dark. Kind of a tease. Haha
Jonathan Friedman (Editor) October 31, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Sorry Briana, hopefully your power comes back soon!
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