Oct 292012
Updated: October 30, 2012

Groton-Dunstable School Superintendent Tony Bent said at 8:00 p.m. that a decision on canceling or holding school on Tuesday, October 30 probably would not be made until Tuesday morning, so officials could better assess storm damage as Sandy winds down Monday night.

Power poles falling into State Route 119 near Littleton Police Station

Power poles falling into State Route 119 near Littleton Police Station. Photo by Littleton Police Department

As the first of Hurricane Sandy’s winds and torrential rains blew into Groton Monday afternoon, utilities and police were reporting “not much” in the way of disruptions. South of Groton though, State Route 119 is closed because half a dozen power poles along the road leading to Interstate 495 are down, Littleton Police said. The spokesman expected the road to be closed into the evening and guessed that it would not re-open until midnight Monday night.

Groton Electric Light Department started out with “Lots of little outages so far, but we’re on ’em; we have all our crews working, but there’s only been one big one so far,” GELD Manager Kevin Kelly said about 3:00 p.m. As the afternoon wore on into the evening, Kelly said at 7:00 p.m. that: “We’ve got probably 350 out right now, but we’re hoping that we’ll have 200 on pretty soon; the area around Longley and Nashua roads has been without power for about two hours. Then feed some of the crews and keep plowing on through,” Kelly said.

Another problem spot is the southeast corner of Groton, around Hayden Road, he said. Residents reported additional outages on Dolan Drive, Prescott Street, and Britt Lane.

Groton Police reported a quiet storm. They had no serious incidents to report about 3:15 p.m., and nothing much had happened by 7:00 p.m. All roads were open, with no standing water reported anywhere.

Long range forecasts now show less wind and rain hitting Groton on Wednesday as the storm goes south and west of Massachusetts, but then another round of weather is expected to soak the town later in the week when the storm’s remnants veer north and east.

Sandy Five Day Forecast on Monday Afternoon

Sandy Five Day Forecast on Monday Afternoon