Sunday, March 31, 2013
Are you experiencing an outage? Let us know by commenting.
UPDATE 2:55 p.m.: BELD reports on Twitter that it believes all power is now restored. It encourages customers to call 781.348.2353 if they are still without power. UPDATE 2:30 p.m.: BELD GM Bill Bottiggi said in an email that a "lightening arrester" failed at Potter Station. Lightening arresters, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, "are protective devices for limiting surge voltages due to lightning strikes or equipment faults or other events, to prevent damage to equipment and disruption of service." "We have removed the failed equipment and are working to restore power," Bottiggi said. UPDATE 2:15 p.m.: Councilor-at-Large Sean Powers reports that BELD is looking to get the power back on within the hour. https://…
Thursday, February 14, 2013
BELD said all of its nearly 16,000 customers experienced outages as some point during the Blizzard of 2013.
Thursday, February 14
Below is a letter from the GM of the Braintree Electric Light Department on the Blizzard of 2013: The Blizzard of 2013 was an historic storm that will most certainly be talked about for years to come. The combination of heavy snow and wind gusts over 65 mph brought down trees and power lines in Braintree, leaving many homes without heat and electricity. As you know, Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD) staff and crews worked diligently throughout the storm, doing everything within our abilities to restore power and limit the number of affected customers within our community. All 15,895 BELD customers experienced an outage during the storm. For 43 percent of them, the outage lasted only 13 seconds. A large group of the other 57 …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The current plan is to open Braintree schools on Tuesday.
While the main streets and many of the side roads in Braintree were cleared of snow by Monday morning, the town is continuing to target smaller roads and push snow away from intersections to clear sight lines. "There's a lot of work remaining to be done," Chief of Staff and Operations Peter Morin said Monday morning. Front loaders and other heavy equipment ranged throughout the town Monday moving snow into giant piles and heaving large amounts into dump trucks to be taken to the landfill for melting. Plow drivers from the DPW and contractors hired by the town worked from Friday afternoon straight through 11 p.m. Saturday night, Morin said. Officials then brought in heavier equipment to assist with removing snow. Truck maintenance issues …