Hurricane Sandy Blows Down Trees, Knocks Out Power Around Watertown

The storm blew in early Monday morning, and by afternoon trees were falling and taking out power and blocking streets.


While Watertown may not have suffered like coastal areas of Massachusetts, the effects of Hurricane Sandy could be felt and seen around town on Monday.

Dozens of trees fell around, many taking out power lines and others blocking streets in town. 

One tree on Templeton Parkway fell on a house, and a car. The tree had hit wires, however, and started a fire. Rose Reggio, the 87-year-old woman who lives in the second floor apartment into which the tree crashed into, began to pray to the rosary after smoke began to come into her home, the Boston Globe reports.

The fire started when the tree fell onto an 8,000-volt power wire, which ignited the tree and the house, Watertown Fire officials told the Globe. Reggio escaped injury. 

Another driver, on Summer Street, got trapped in his car as drove near Mt. Auburn Street. 

Trees fell across Russell Avenue, Highland Avenue and Columbia Street, to name a few. 

When the rain started falling, some areas had problems with street flooding, including Warren Street and along Watertown Street.

More than 800 customers lost power in town, according to the NSTAR outage report. 

School will be closed Tuesday, for the second day in a row, due to Hurricane Sandy. 

See what you missed on Patch's Hurricane Info Center, and check out photos from the storm. 

Do you have stories from the storm? Share them and your photos on Patch.

Maria Rose October 30, 2012 at 12:21 PM
You gotta love the faith of some people "praying the rosary" instead of getting out of a house on fire!
barbara r October 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM
Water on Spring Street went above the curbs, into our yards, and up the side street. Four neighbors were out at 10:00pm, wearing high boots, or sandals, clearing leaves out of the sewer drains so the water could go down. When it did we raked and removed the leaves from the streets and sidewalks so they wouldn't block the drains if it rained again. We are grateful for the work the Stormwater Committee of the Town has done--and hopefully will continue to do to make sure that the rain would clear the sewers once we cleared the street. I'd like to hear more from the Stormwater Committee on how green space and other techniques work. I know permeable surfaces (permeable tarmac and brick), less open space used for parking, and more green spaces has an effect. Let us know if there is anything we can do in neighborhoods, or on our streets, or is it Town policies that matter most? Thanks.
Charlie Breitrose (Editor) October 30, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Wow, sounds like it got hairy out there, Barbara.


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