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UPDATED: Dracut Storm Update: Emergency Management Issues Statement, Latest Outage Info, Trick-Or-Treating, Schools

Oct 31, 2017 12:37AM ● By Bill Gilman

Theresa Rauseo's photo shows the storm damage in her neighborhood.

UPDATED AT 3 P.M.:

Dracut residents will need at least another day or two to recover from the effect of the storm that rolled through the region Sunday night.
High winds and heavy rain took down trees and power lines, damaged homes, blocked roads, knocked out power and sparked flooding in low-laying areas.
Key updates:
  • As of Tuesday, Oct. 31, at 3 P.m., National Grid reported 5,520 National Grid customers in Dracut were still without power. 
  • Dracut Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 31. Schools were also closed Monday.
  • Due to the continued cleanup and power outages, Trick-or-Treating has been postponed until Friday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Posted by State Rep. Colleen Garry:
The Dracut Council on Aging will remain open until 8:30 pm for use as a charging and warming station. The address is 951 Mammoth Road, Dracut...we will be watching Hocus Pocus at 6 pm. Families are invited to come down and bring your own dinner (use of microwaves is available) or we will have Dracut House of Pizza Pizza available for $1 a slice. Library is available for quiet reading or studying. WiFi is available. Art room for table work. Thank you to Town Manager Jim Duggan and COA Director Bethany Loveless for assisting us. Come down and see me. If folks want to donate refreshments, they are more than welcome.

The following notice was submitted by the Dracut Office of Emergency Management:
Hello, This is an update from the Dracut Office of Emergency Management.
The Town of Dracut is aware that several thousand homes and businesses are currently without power. Please contact National Grid at 800-322-3223 or the fire or police departments business lines to report downed wires or trees.
As we work with National Grid to ensure public safety and downed lines are a priority, we understand some people may need assistance and we will work to address all calls for service as they come through our dispatch centers.
Because of the continued high winds and the extent of the damage, National Grid believes the power outages may be for an extended time, up to 72 hours, to restore power in some areas of the Merrimack Valley.
Cell phone charging stations are available at the central fire and the Dracut Police Stations. Also, Trick or Treating has been postponed and will be held on Friday from 6-8pm. 
We will continue to update as information is received. Thank You. 

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