A year ago this week, Superstorm Sandy blew through the East Coast. Though the worst damage was in New York and New Jersey, parts of Massachusetts were hard hit as well.
Strong winds brought down trees and power lines throughout the state, knocking out electricity to more than 500,000 Massachusetts and New Hampshire homes and forcing numerous school closings and road closures.
Braintree avoided serious damage during Sandy, with about 1,000 residents temporarily losing power. Most of the town saw little damage beyond small branches and extra leaves in the road, leading officials to open Braintree Public Schools the next day.
As bas as things were in some parts eastern Massachusetts, things were far worse in western half of the state and Vermont, where flooding took out roads and bridges. The damage was even worse along Long Island, the Connecticut shore, and New Jersey.