The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, May 30, 2008

Nature clogs West Street rush hour

Wind knocked down a large white pine across West Street during last Tuesday’s storm. (Photo by Anne Marie Brako)

From the Lowell Sun’s coverage on Wednesday, May 28, of the powerful storm that ravaged the northwest Boston area on Tuesday afternoon, you would suspect the only inconvenience in Carlisle was to the Concord Academy school buses that had to be rerouted. Unnoted by the Sun, a white pine had come down around 3:30 p.m., across the street from the 123 West Street residence of George Reichenbach, to knock down power lines and require reposting of two telephone poles. The incident required the closure of West Street to through traffic until late in the evening.

“We were there from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.,” reported DPW Superintendent Gary Davis. The DPW sent two employees who chopped up the tree blocking the road to through traffic. Police Lieutenant Leo Crowe took over from that point and reported on the scene from 5 p.m. until midnight while the telephone and power trucks worked on restoring services to the residents. A temporary rerouting solution restored power at about 9 p.m., but it took several more hours to replace two downed telephone poles. The police closed West Street from Old Quarry Road down to Acton Street while the heavy trucks and service personnel conducted the work.

“The wind probably knocked down the tree,” said Crowe, who added there was no evidence of a lightning strike.

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