Just a couple hours after my first post, another tree has run amok in Greater Lowell, this time in Chelmsford.
A tree branch, although I use that term lightly since this branch was bigger than many trees I’ve seen, got blown down on Golden Cove Road right next to the I-495 overpass.
It knocked down a high tension power line as it came down, cut power to at least 240 people, and made a big enough mess that firefighters and police had to close part of Golden Cove, and more importantly part of Route 110 (Chelmsford Street) where Golden Cove Road intersects with it, right before the I-495 onramp.
Dennis Greenwood, of Chelmsford DPW, showed up with a front-end loader and once he got word that there were no live wires in the mess, needed four minutes flat to clear the tree from the road. This video is under four minutes because I trimmed it some.
Police were still on scene with the road closed Sunday night, though, because National Grid needed quite a bit longer to get those wires back in place. I think Comcast was at the scene too.
UPDATE National Grid earlier estimated power would be restored by 10 p.m., but it is now 10 p.m., and that estimate has been pushed back past midnight.
To keep track of the outage and estimates for restoration, just follow this link.