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Brimfield hit hard again as Alfred does damage

'The last six months have been very hard on Brimfield residents'

Portions of Dix Hill Road were closed for several hours following the storm. Kevin Flanders. (click for larger version)
November 02, 2011
BRIMFIELD — The restoration of power has progressed at a slow clip in town over the last three days, but residents are slowly seeing their electricity return.

According to officials from National Grid, 1,464 residents were still without electricity as of Tuesday afternoon, Nov. 1, after Winter Storm Alfred's powerful storm pounded the area last weekend.

Brimfield Elementary School has served as an emergency shelter since Sunday, with about 50 people spending the last three nights keeping warm and many more people using the shelter to grab a hot meal. The shelter has been run by volunteers from Brimfield Emergency Management, a group that has been working together for 10 years and has gotten a lot of practice in dealing with emergency situations since June. They have used the school kitchen to prepare meals, and residents have used the cafeteria for eating, sleeping, and staying warm.

"It has been very cold during the last few nights, and this is a place where people who don't have power can spend a night and come to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner," said Charlotte Corry, of Brimfield Emergency Management on Tuesday morning. "People have been coming in from all over town, because there are only some neighborhoods where there is power right now. We expect that less people will come into the shelter in the next few nights as people gradually get their power back, but we are here for those who need us."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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