NSTAR crews continue to work around the clock in an effort to restore power to 100 percent in Medfield and on Tuesday night, only two percent of the utility's customers in town remained powerless.
According to NSTAR's website, 129 of 4,772 Medfield customers remained without power as of 8 p.m. Tuesday. Medfield Chief of Police Robert Meaney Jr. told the Medfield Board of Selectmen he was told NSTAR "there was a strong possibility" power would be fully restored across town by Tuesday night but as of 8 p.m. that hadn't been the case.
While significant progress has been made over the last 24 hours, it is the opinion of many that NSTAR is still lacking in both communication and response to power outages as a result of storms. , 56 percent (35 of 53) of voters said the utility is lacking in both communication and response.
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, 667 NSTAR customers in Medfield were still without power and the utility's estimation for full restoration in town remained Wednesday evening, according to its website.
NSTAR lowered the number of outages in town from the 1,077 reported Monday at 4 p.m. and the 691 reported at 4 a.m. Tuesday. The remaining 14 percent without power are part of the 28,463 NSTAR customers across the state that remain powerless in the .
Meaney reminded residents to avoid downed wires as they may be "live" or become "live" as power is restored.
"As with Tropical Storm Irene, always assume that any wire is a power wire and is live," Meaney said. "Do not go near it. Even a person coming into contact with a branch that is tangled with a wire can result in serious injury or death. Please be careful as there are neighborhoods still without power and it will be very difficult [Monday night] to see where you are stepping or what you may brush up against. Also, as the evening progresses, the temperature will continue to fall and the potential for icing conditions to rise; again be careful when outside."