High winds and rain swept through Wrentham leaving behind debris, damage to personal property, and over 1,200 homes and businesses without power. "We have trees down and power outages on Myrtle Street, Sheldon Road and Chestnut Streets," explained Wrentham Fire Chief James McMorrow.
National Grid has assigned a liaison to Wrentham to assist with the response efforts, and the Department of Public Works is out clearing the roads of debris.
Wrentham Highway Department started responding to problems around 11 p.m. Sunday and remained busy the entire night. Multiple streets were blocked from falling trees included Hancock, Cherry, Winter, Taunton, Burnt Swamp, Lake, Lakeside, Sheldon Road and Chestnut St. "We would recommend caution when driving on Sheldon, Chestnut or any of our back roads as minor tree debris may pose an obstruction," says Michael Lavin, superintendent of Wrentham Public Works. "Public Works is focusing on cleaning the debris from the storm and will then focus on roadway clean up.'
A tree did fall on a home on Philip Lane and Wrentham Building Commissioner Nicholas Riccio was working with the owner on removing it. Several windows were broken and the chimney also suffered heavy damage, but the house is deemed "habitable for the short term," McMorrow said.
Wrentham did not have to cancel or delay school like some towns in the regions. According to Wrentham Public Schools superintendent Allan Cameron, there was a power outage that affected some of the Roderick classrooms, but the building was functioning well enough to hold class. "The fire alarm and other emergency systems are working and enough classrooms have power to make it work," Cameron said. "The power company said that we should be fully restored soon, but we're making it work until then."
Cameron added, "There were a few leaks in the Janelli Annex. Overall, we're smiling and making the best of it."
Lavin asks residents to call Public works if they have concerns. "We ask that if people have any questions or need Public Works support to contact us and we will place them on our response list. If it is an immediate hazard to life or property they should call 911," he says.
Wrentham Public Works phone number is 508-384-5477.
(Photos provided courtesy of Wrentham Fire Department.)