After Irene, Flooding, Outages Still Issue In Mass.

Severe flooding is still causing major problems in western Massachusetts three days after Tropical Storm Irene soaked the state.

More than 100 residents of a flooded mobile home park in Williamstown are still displaced.

In the town of Hawley, Fire Chief Greg Cox said a dozen residents of a remote enclave called Dodge's Corner can be reached only by foot — and were contacted only after a group of National Guardsmen hiked three miles Tuesday.

"They have food and water, and some of them have generators. They're safe unless they have an issue," Cox said. "The road comes through Buckman, so Buckman is working on getting their portion of the road open."

Most roads in the region have been reopened, although a section of Interstate 91 South remains closed while engineers assess damage to a bridge over the Deerfield River.

Meanwhile, more than 100,000 Massachusetts homes and businesses remain without power.

National Grid reports Wednesday that about 108,000 of its nearly 1.3 million customers don't have electricity. The communities of Foxborough, Attleboro, Norwell and Plainville are among the towns with highest percentage of customers without power.

NStar said as of Wednesday morning about 37,000 of its customers are still off line, mostly on the South Shore and Cape Cod.

The utilities say despite crews working around the clock, some people may not get their electricity restored until the weekend, nearly a week after Irene hit.

The WBUR Newsroom and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


This program aired on August 31, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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