A Look Back: Tropical Storm Irene Strikes Norwood
A year ago today Norwood was in the midst of Tropical Storm Irene - what do you remember most about the storm?
One year ago today, Tropical Storm Irene swept through the area - striking Norwood and the surrounding towns with strong rain and winds.
Unlike some nearby towns, the storm damage in Norwood was limited to minor power outages, downed tree limbs and power lines, and some flooding.
Police and fire rescued stranded motorists from their vehicles during the heavy rain the morning of August 29 under the Nahatan Street Bridge between Lenox Street and Broadway and on Pleasant Street between Sumner and Union streets.
Other major flood locations were Hoyle Street near the Norwood Hospital Emergency entrance, Guild Street near Broadway, Central near East Vernon and Route 1 between Pleasant and Neponset streets.
The other major hazard of the storm was wind, as gusting winds up to 60 miles per hour took down trees and tree limbs throughout town.
Norwood Police Communication Center answered 62 calls made to 911 during the storm, Police spokesman Kevin Grasso said at the time. There were also 351 additional telephone calls on the non-emergency lines. Communications for the Norwoood Police dispatched over 163 calls for service due to Irene. The calls were mainly for wires and tree/tree limbs downed by the storm and gusting winds.
"We have no reports filed for any structural damages," Grasso said. "Other calls for service were for power outages, medicals and assist citizens with general complaints or assists."
What do you remember most about the storm? Share your stories and memories in the comments!