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Over 50 Percent of Wilbraham Homes Still Without Power

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It has been almost a week since the early season snowstorm that knocked out power to thousands across the state. More than 85,000 residences and business in the state are still without power Friday.

In the western Massachusetts town of Wilbraham, over 50 percent of home still have no electricity Friday. National Grid supplies power to Wilbraham and is still scrambling to bring everyone there back online after the storm.

Patrick Brady, the chairman of the Wilbraham Board of Selectmen, says that residents patience is growing thin. The town hopes that by midnight Saturday 90 percent of residence's electricity will be restored.

National Grid said they had hoped to have all power restored to Massachusetts homes by the end of the day Thursday. Brady says National Grid was not able to meet that expectation in part because the snow caused such wide outages.

"I think it is funny that people are criticizing National Grid at time when they need National Grid the most," Brady says. "It is kind of like yelling at the waiter bringing you the food, it's just not smart."

Town officials have been going door-to-door talking to their neighbors without power, encouraging them to get out into the sunshine, hoping to restore the personal energy of some residents.

"But there is no doubt, that everyone is exhausted," Brady says.

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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