Norwood Agencies Work to Recover from Irene
Police, fire, public works and electric departments worked closely together to keep the town in one piece after the tropical storm hit Monday.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, or Tropical Storm Irene as it was classified when it hit Norwood, the town's agencies have been working to keep residents safe and clear up any residual damage.
Police spokesman Kevin Grasso said the Norwood Public Works, Light Department, Fire Department and Police Department worked very closely during the storm yesterday.
"All agencies did an outstanding job to answer and respond to the numerous calls for service during the height of this storm," Grasso said in an email Monday morning.
Police and fire rescued stranded motorists from their vehicles during the heavy rain Monday morning under the Nahatan Street Bridge between Lenox Street and Broadway and on Pleasant Street between Sumner and Union streets. In both of these incidents the rescued parties were not injured and were transported to their respective residences. The vehicles were towed once the water receded.
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, Grasso said. There were also 351 additional telephone calls on the non-emergency lines. Communications for the Norwoood Police dispatched over 163 calls for service yesterday. 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."