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@NationalGrid tweeted this photo of them working on a downed power line in Worcester, Mass. after the weekend's snow storm.
@NationalGrid tweeted this photo of them working on a downed power line in Worcester, Mass. after the weekend's snow storm.

About half a million people in Massachusetts remain without power Monday afternoon following this weekend's snow storm.

State officials have offered a mixture of good and bad news to those without power. The good news: almost 15-hundred utility crews are on the ground working to fix the lines, considerably more than were available during the 2008 ice storm or during Tropical Storm Irene.

The bad news: problems in the system are more localized than during Irene, meaning workers have to go house-to-house to fix them. Communities that have been affected by many recent outages are growing weary of the cycle.

WBUR's Deb Becker has been spending the day reporting in Wrentham, were 80 percent of homes are without power, and officials say they may not get it back until Thursday.

That frustration is shared by state representative Dan Winslow, who's district includes Wrentham. He filed a bill after Irene that would require Massachusetts power companies to reimburse customers for outages.

Guest:

  • State Rep. Dan Winslow, Norfolk County

This segment aired on October 31, 2011.

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