Monday, August 29, 2011
Due to a power outage at the high school, ninth grade and new student orientation is canceled.
Superintendent Cheryl Maloney has announced that ninth grade and new student orientation at the high school has been canceled for Tuesday, Aug. 30, due to a power outage at the school caused by Tropical Storm Irene. "As a result of Hurricane Irene, we lost power at the Middle and High Schools on Sunday. In response to our calls, NSTAR has stated that its crews are overwhelmed and it appears unlikely that power will be restored by tomorrow morning," wrote Maloney in an email message. She asked that people spread the word as much as possible to make sure everyone who needs to know is made aware, as some people may not have power themselves. High school athletics will continue on Tuesday and the three elementary schools in town never lost …
A roundup of the region's experience with and response to Hurricane Irene.
Check out your local Patch site for information about Hurricane Irene as it relates specifically to your town. A sampling of articles and images featured in today's PatchCast is below.
The Department of Public Works led the clean-up effort.
Driving around Weston Monday afternoon, it was hard to believe there been pouring rain and whipping winds just 24 hours earlier. The sun was out, the streets were clear and things seemed mostly back to usual. Department of Public Works Director Bob Hoffman said his crews had been out from about 8 a.m. Sunday morning to 1 a.m. Monday morning. "They picked up about 200 [tree] limbs and about 20 to 30 trees," he said. The storm did not permanently shut any streets down, and the damage was not concentrated to one part of town, said Hoffman. For the rest of the week, DPW crews will work on clearing the debris, and street sweeping will begin next week, said Hoffman. For the next three Wednesdays and Saturdays, the brush dump on Merriam Street …
Let us know what you think.
What did you think of the storm on Sunday? Did you think it was as big of a deal as many people made it out to be, or do you think there was some overhype? Let us know what you think, and how you rode out the storm. You can also answer this on our Facebook page.
Here are some resources in case you're dealing with power outages, cancelations and more in Weston and the area.
Many may feel they dodged a bullet with Irene's high winds and heavy rains, but there are still plenty out there with power outages, home/building damage and more. We'll have this article up on the front page all day today to bring you news of cancelations, road closings, updates about power outages and more. And we can't do that without your help. Let us know via a comment, an email or a text (781-850-6742) to editor Meghan Kelly. We'll add reports of road closures or hazards to our interactive map. And we'll continue to post updates to our Twitter and Facebook pages all day. Updated 1:50 p.m.: WHAT'S OPEN/CLOSED/CANCELED: ELECTRICITY TRANSPORTATION INSURANCE
Out-of-pocket costs often higher for hurricanes than other kinds of damage.
Massachusetts residents whose property is damaged by Hurricane Irene may discover they’ll be paying more for repairs than expected. The Associated Press reports that most homeowner insurance policies include a deductible that’s typically $500 to $1,000, but out-of-pocket expenses for hurricane damages can be much higher. “In 18 states on the East and Gulf coasts, insurers are allowed to include hurricane deductibles in homeowners policies," the AP reported. "These amounts apply only to hurricane-caused damage, and typically range from 1 percent to 5 percent of the insured value of a home. Deductibles may be higher in some coastal areas. For example, a policyholder whose home is insured for $200,000 with a 2 percent hurricane deductible …
See our photos and add your own.
Hurricane Irene—later downgraded to a tropical storm—blew its way through Weston on Sunday. Some roads in Weston were flooded and/or covered in debris, and police urged residents to stay off the roads until they could be cleared. Add your photos and videos to our slideshow, or email them to email@example.com.
Cleaning up after the storm? Here are a few things to know and do.
Hope you survived the weather OK yesterday. You can see how it all went down from our live blog from yesterday - just hit "play" and you can see the whole thing as it happened. And we'd love to see your photos, even if you just snap them with a smartphone. You can add them to our slideshow here. Are you still without power? MEMA is reporting nearly half a million people in the state are without power, and that it could take the rest of the week to restore it. NStar has some more information up on their website about the power outages. Remember to use caution if you see downed wires; they could be live. At midday yesterday there was a lot of debris, like branches, leaves and tree limbs. Some roads were also flooded. Remember to be careful …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
If you missed something this week, here's your chance to catch up.
Wow, this has been a crazy week. Here's what you might have missed:
We're running a live blog of Hurricane Irene coverage. Join us!
Join in on the conversation using the Cover It Live application above. You can comment, add media files or just read along. We have a guide to help you learn more about how to use Cover It Live. If you have any questions or need help, email editor Meghan Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org.