Power was restored to more than 20,000 Massachusetts homes Saturday after the state was hit by two powerful storms that knocked out power throughout the region.
According to a power outage map from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, the number of homes without power fell from 55,096 Saturday morning to 34,464 by 3:30 p.m. The majority of outages are located in the eastern part of the state.
Two nor’easters slammed New England over the past week, bringing with them heavy, wet snow that took down power lines and caused severe coastal flooding.
In a tweet Friday, Eversource wrote that line workers, tree crews and out-of-state utilities have been working nonstop since Wednesday’s storm. The power company expects power to be restored state-wide by Saturday evening.
Meanwhile, MEMA and the American Red Cross have opened two regional Resource Recovery Centers to support those impacted by the storms.
Resource Recovery Center opening today in #Marshfield
Schedule: Sat 3/10 & Sun 3/11, 11 AM – 6 PM
Address: Martinson Elementary School, 167 Forest St., Marshfield
Those impacted can also call 2-1-1 to access disaster recovery resources.@MarshfieldPD
— MEMA (@MassEMA) March 10, 2018
One center opened in Marshfield Saturday to serve the greater Scituate, Marshfield and Duxbury area, while another center opened Thursday in Quincy to serve the greater Quincy/Hull area.
Residents from any of the communities along the Massachusetts coastline are welcome in these regional centers.
In a tweet Saturday afternoon, National Grid wrote that it had 540 line crews and 201 tree crews in the Merrimack Valley, which was among the places hit hardest by the storms.
According to National Grid, 189 wires were down in the area.
“We’ll work until all customers are restored,” the power company wrote.
Haverhill Mayor Jim Fiorentini had previously slammed National Grid in a Facebook post Friday afternoon, writing that the power company needs to bring in more crews and do whatever is necessary to restore power.
By Saturday afternoon, only 2 percent of Haverhill customers were still without power, according to MEMA’s outage map, but one town over in Boxford, 63 percent of homes remained in the dark.