Liberty Utilities: Salem, Pelham should have power on SundayBy CHRIS GAROFOLO
Sunday News Correspondent
March 11. 2018 1:09AM
PELHAM - Pelham and Salem residents should have their power restored by late Sunday afternoon, Liberty Utilities officials said Saturday.
Wednesday's nor'easter, which dumped a foot of heavy snow on the region, caused massive outages in the two towns.
More than 98 percent of Pelham customers were in the dark after the storm.
By Saturday night, Liberty Utilities said six more crews from Canada had arrived and were focused on restoring power in the areas around Mammoth, Nashua, Dutton and South Shore roads.
John Shore, communications and media relations manager for Liberty Utilities, said crews have been working on the more time-consuming one- and two-customer areas in Salem. He projected power will be restored completely about 6 p.m. Sunday.
Outages in Salem were reduced significantly by Saturday morning, when only about 600 customers were still without power.
Shore said crews concentrated on Pelham Saturday and expected to get about 700 customers back on line by midnight.
"We'll continue to work through the night until everybody's back," he said.
Liberty customers who experience a secondary power loss should call (855) 349-9455.
Firefighters in both towns have responded to numerous carbon-monoxide calls, with reports of residents operating generators too close to or even inside residences.
Generators should only be used at least 20 feet away from a dwelling, with the generator's exhaust facing away from the home, fire officials warned.
Warming shelters were set up at the Ingram Senior Center, 1 Sally Sweets Way in Salem, with residents asked to bring their own bedding, toiletries and medications, and at the Salem Athletic Club, 16 Manor Parkway, for residents wishing to shower.
In Pelham, warming facilities are offered at the senior center, 8 Nashua Road and at Town Hall, 6 Village Green.