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National Grid: 'Snow Devastation More Massive Then Previously Thought'

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National Grid reports Friday morning that nearly 44,000 of its customers are still in the dark, six days after the October snowstorm. Ninety percent of National Grids customers in the state have restored power on Friday. The outages are concentrated in central Massachusetts and the Merrimack Valley.

National Grid had hoped to restore power completely by Thursday evening.

"The devastation was much more massive then we had previously thought," Marcy Reed, the president of National Grid in Massachusetts, said.

National Grid's focus Friday will be to restore power to all of Hampden County and hope to have most of the remaining residents without power back up Friday evening.

"We have not stopped working, we are 24 hours a day," Reed said. "We now have 3,300 on the ground working to restore power."

There will be pockets of homes in western Massachusetts that will not have power until the end of the weekend.

This program aired on November 4, 2011.

Bob Oakes Senior Correspondent
Bob Oakes was a senior correspondent in the WBUR newsroom, a role he took on in 2021 after nearly three decades hosting WBUR's Morning Edition.



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